Status update – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro assesses the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Moderna, which is seeking a license for an anti-Covid vaccine for children under six, has canceled hundreds of flights in China after one case of Covid-19, the number of tests collapsing in France… le Figaro Thursday, April 28, measures the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
24,130 patients were admitted to hospitals in France
The number of Covid-19 patients receiving treatment in France fell slightly on Thursday, according to data from Public Health France. In total, French hospitals have 24,130 patients, compared to 24,431 patients the day before. Among them, 1,629 cases were admitted to intensive care, 155 more than the previous day. The horrific count of the epidemic continues: 116 deaths will be regretted in hospitals in the past 24 hours. Also, 59,760 new infections were discovered in the past 24 hours, down 42% in 7 days.
The number of tests decreases by a million in a week
Contaminations are falling off, as are samples. Last week, from April 18 to 24, the number of Covid-19 screening tests fell: 2.36 million of them were verified by a health professional during this period, according to data from Drees, attached to the Ministry of Health. A number in free fall, down by a million compared to the previous week, or-29%“.
Last week saw a triple action, marking the Easter holiday. First, fewer samples were taken on Monday, a public holiday: only 130,000, 80% less than the previous Monday. Tuesday was the occasion for a small offset, with nearly 600,000 tests done. Finally, in the other five days of the week, demand was shy, down 20%.”Compared to the same five days of the previous weekDrees notes.
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Moderna is seeking a license for a Covid vaccine for children under 6 years old in the United States
The American biotechnology company Moderna said, Thursday, that it has submitted an application in the United States to obtain a license for its vaccine against Covid-19 for children aged 6 months to 5 years, the last age group in which it has not yet been vaccinated. This country and many other countries. The file must now be examined by the US Medicines Agency (FDA), whose decisions are often indicated in the world.
This vaccine “You will be able to safely protect these children from SARS-CoV-2, which is so important to our ongoing fight against Covid-19, and parents will especially welcome it.”In a press release, Stefan Bancel, President of Moderna, said: Moderna said that during clinical trials, the vaccine’s effectiveness against occasional infections was 51% for children 6 months to less than 2 years old, and 37% for children 2 to 5 years old.
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Taiwan: More than 10,000 cases in 24 hours after abandoning “Zero Covid”
Taiwan recorded more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday (April 28) for the first time since the epidemic began, after the government’s decision in early April to abandon its strategy.zero covid“.”We have 11,353 local infections, two deaths, and 164 imported cases.Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced Thursday at a press conference. Taiwan maintained a low infection rate during the first two years of the epidemic thanks to border closures and strict quarantine rules. This resurgence last year led to a new application of social distancing measures, which are costly to the economy, until the end of this wave. The infection is now spreading, but the leaders have announced that they will follow the example of other economies, such as Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, which have moved from a strategy of “zero covidTo accept the rise in cases.
China: Flights canceled and checked in Canton after … a case
After being nearly spared from the coronavirus for two years, China is facing an increase in the number of cases since March, which is unprecedented since 2020 in its scale and affects many provinces to varying degrees. Guangzhou, a major industrial and commercial hub, announced Thursday that about a third of its 19 million residents had been tested after the result “Abnormal” From the Covid test carried out at the airport. The majority of today’s flights have been cancelled. The large city of Hangzhou, near Shanghai, on Wednesday evening invited 9 of its 12 million residents to get tested every 48 hours if they wanted to continue accessing public places and public transportation. An initiative to track the discovery of dozens of positive cases. China’s Ministry of Health reported more than 11,000 new positive cases nationwide on Thursday.
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