New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Macron calls for calm in Guadeloupe –
French President Emmanuel Macron called for calm in the face of the “very explosive crisis” in Guadeloupe, in the grip of a social protest linked to the vaccine obligation against Covid-19, recognizing “a necessary dialogue” with elected officials. Urban violence and looting have marked this Caribbean island in recent days.
After having “condemned with the most extreme firmness” the violence, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the creation of a “forum for dialogue” in order to “convince and support individually, humanely” the professionals concerned by the vaccination obligation .
– Washington advises against travel to Germany and Denmark –
US authorities on Monday advised Americans to avoid traveling to Germany and Denmark, hit hard by the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which is spreading in Europe.
The State Department published two bulletins falling to level 4, the highest level of warning, its level of alert concerning these two countries, indicating “a very high level of Covid-19”.
– Jean Castex tested positive, his Belgian counterpart in quarantine –
Jean Castex tested positive Monday evening for Covid-19, prompting the quarantine of his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo with four ministers.
All gathered in Brussels in the morning for a meeting on the subject of security. The five Belgian officials will undergo a PCR test and will remain in quarantine until the test result is negative, the cabinet of the Belgian head of government said.
– Vaccination from 5 years in Israel –
Israel began its anti-Covid vaccination campaign for children aged five to eleven on Monday evening, becoming one of the first countries, after the United States, to lower the age of access to the vaccine to curb the pandemic.
As of Monday evening, doses were administered to the little ones, noted an AFP team in a Tel Aviv clinic.
– Netherlands: government denounces unrest –
The unrest in the Netherlands during protests against anti-Covid measures are acts of “pure violence” on the part of “idiots,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday.
His government plans to take new health restrictions if the epidemic does not slow down, despite violence in Rotterdam, The Hague and other cities across the country since Friday.
– Testing kits sold out in northeastern Syria –
Covid-19 testing kits have been exhausted for two weeks in northeastern Syria under the control of the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration, a health official said on Monday.
“Statistics in northeastern Syria have been at a standstill for two weeks due to the lack of testing equipment,” official Nechirvan Suleiman told AFP.
– Air Canada sanctioned for delay in reimbursing –
Air Canada agreed on Monday to pay $ 4.5 million to settle lawsuits from the US Department of Transport which accused it of having delayed reimbursing the tickets of thousands of customers at the start of the pandemic.
– USA: more than 90% of federal civil servants vaccinated –
More than 90% of US federal officials had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, in accordance with the obligation now in place, the White House said when the deadline expired.
– More than 5.1 million dead –
The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 5,148,939 people around the world since the end of 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the most affected country, with 772,398 deaths, ahead of Brazil (612,782), India (465,911), Mexico (292,471) and Russia (265,336).
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the overall toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures .