139 deaths in 24 hours, 88,389 new cases

Status update – New measures, new reports, and highlights: le Figaro Provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The patient tested positive for 505 days, WHO”Highly recommended» Pfizer antiviral for high-risk patients, Thailand lifts final travel restrictions for vaccinated tourists… le Figaro Provides an update on Friday, April 22nd on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

139 dead in 24 hours, 24,882 hospitalized patients

139 people died on Friday, according to the daily report of French public health. There are 24,882 patients currently in hospital (versus 25,018 on Thursday), including 1,829 patients who arrived in the past 24 hours. 1,645 patients are being treated in intensive care.

New cases of Covid-19 identified also reach 88,389. The infection rate has decreased over the past seven days, easing the daily shocks, to 84,516 compared to 124,965 a week ago.

On the vaccination front, 54.3 million people have received at least one dose (80.6% of the total population) and 53.4 have a full vaccination schedule (79.2%), according to Ministry of Health figures.

More than 11% of people over 80 have received a fourth dose of the vaccine

11.2% of people over 80 received a second booster dose, the French public health authority noted in its weekly epidemiological update. “Among those aged 60-79, 2.7% received a second booster doseThe organization said in a press release.

In addition, according to data collected for the week of April 11-17, compared to the week of April 4-10, the number of new weekly hospitalizations of Covid patients decreased by 20%, from 10,480 to 8,348. Finally, the French Public Health Authority confirmedubiquitous (from the alternative) Omicron in Francewhich represents100% interpretable sequencesBetween April 4th and April 10th.

In the UK, a patient tested positive for Covid for 505 days, a record

A patient who tested positive for Covid-19 remained that way for 16 months until his death, the longest known case of infection, according to a study devoted to the evolution of the virus in immunocompromised patients. The patient, who has not been identified, first tested positive in mid-2020 and has been experiencing breathing problems. He remained positive on all tests (about 45) until his death 505 days later, Dr. Gaya Nyebia, co-author of the study, told AFP on Friday. This is the longest known case of Covid infection, according to a press release from the European Congress of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which is being held in Lisbon from April 23-26 and where the study will be presented.

The study, conducted by researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London, looked between March 2020 and December 2021 in nine immunocompromised patients with persistent infection with the virus. All have been positive for at least eight weeks, and two have been positive for more than a year. Of the nine patients, four died and four eventually recovered. The last patient still infected was at the beginning of 2022, 412 days after he was first tested.

World Health Organization “Highly recommended » Pfizer antiviral for patients at risk

The World Health Organization on Friday strongly recommended the use of the antiviral drug paxlovid from the US drug group Pfizer for patients with less severe forms of Covid-19 and “More at risk of hospitalization“.But similar to what happened with the Covid vaccines, the World Health Organization”very worriedLess affluent countries are once again struggling to access this drug.

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For WHO experts, the combination of nirimatilvir/ritonavir “It is the drug of choiceFor unvaccinated patients, elderly or immunocompromised patients, according to an article in the British Journal of Medicine. For this same type of patient and symptom, the World Health Organization has also issued a “weak recommendationto remdesivir from the American laboratory Gilead, which she had advised until then. Baxilovid should be preferred over molnopiravir or remdesivir from Merck as well as monoclonal antibodies, says the organization, which is continuing its campaign for vaccination.

India: The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer stops production of AstraZeneca, due to lack of demand

The world’s largest vaccine maker, the India-based Serum Institute, announced Friday that it has halted production of Covid vaccines licensed to AstraZeneca, after domestic and global demand collapsed. The Serum Institute has produced more than one billion doses of Covishield – the Indian version of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca – and has been one of the biggest contributors to the Covax programme, which was set up under the auspices of the United Nations.

While there is an abundance of Covid-19 vaccines on a global scale today, the Indian manufacturer’s decision stands in unique contrast to the situation that prevailed a year ago in India. This country of 1.4 billion people is considered “world pharmacyIt then had to drastically reduce its exports of anti-Covid doses to deal with a wave of new cases threatening the entire health system.

Thailand lifts recent travel restrictions on vaccinated tourists

Thailand has lifted recent restrictions on vaccinated travelers from May 1 to revive a vital tourism sector still severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The end of PCR tests, and the end of the obligation to self-isolate in a hotel while awaiting results, visitors will only have to certify a full vaccination schedule and a minimum medical insurance of $10,000, authorities announced Friday.

Tourists who have not been vaccinated will have a choice: submit a negative result for a PCR test conducted within three days of their arrival or stay for five days in a quarantined hotel. recent restrictions lifted.It will boost economic recovery because we are a country that relies heavily on tourismPrime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.

In Brazil, the Rio Carnival resumes on Friday, two years after Covid

After two years of agonizing abstinence from sex due to Covid, Rio found its Friday night carnival with its first night of parades at the Sambadrome, determined to restore all its brilliance to this grandiose, unbridled, irreverent celebration. From 10pm (3am on Saturday in France), 75,000 jubilant spectators will rock the stands overlooking the famous avenue where the first of six samba schools, one hour each, will take place, in an orgy of sequins, feathers and deafening drums, around giant tanks.

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Millions of Brazilians will also be glued to their TVs for livestreaming this magic until dawn, like every year. Every year except last year. The cancellation of the Carnival due to the pandemic was a national tragedy, as is the DNA of a samba-crazy people. The 2022 edition is taking place at an unusual date, two months behind schedule, and the release of Omicron has caused authorities and organizers in cold sweats, who preferred to postpone the gigantic party.

Of the nearly 40,000 dancers and percussionists in shimmering costumes who will parade for two nights, most will surely have lost a relative or friend in the pandemic that has devastated the country, killing at least 660,000 and causing an economic recession.

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