In summary :
- The world passed the symbolic milestone of one million daily contaminations for the first time during the week of December 23 to 29. On average, 1,045,000 new daily cases were detected over the period, up 46% from the previous week.
- In France, the threshold of 200,000 new cases in 24 hours was exceeded Thursday for the second day in a row. In Paris, wearing a mask outdoors is mandatory again since this morning. Many prefects made this decision over the week in the hope of stopping the wave of omicron variant contaminations.
- South Africa, where the new variant was detected last month, announced that it had passed the peak of the omicron wave without a significant increase in the number of deaths and decided to lift certain restrictions, in particular the night curfew.
A leader of the antipass demonstrations in Albi who died of Covid-19. Jean-François Marche was 67 years old. He was a photographer and a poet. The Dispatch He devotes an article to him, the Albigensian at the forefront of the fight against the health pass and compulsory vaccination since July. According to the daily, he was hospitalized on November 26 after contracting the delta variant and succumbed “Less than three weeks later”. If he was not vaccinated, he was not opposed to any vaccine either, relates the Dispatch. Moreover, “He was the one who told me to get vaccinated because of my age”, testifies his wife, from whom he had been separated for several years. And to add: “He didn’t believe this could happen to him.”
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Majority Omicron in France. Given its virulence, it was a matter of time. Public Health France has informed that the omicron variant is now the majority among the cases of contamination. “62.4% of the tests screened showed a profile compatible with the Omicron variant” at the start of the last week of the year, against 15% the previous one, the public agency found in its last weekly survey, published Thursday evening.
More American children hospitalized, but no more serious cases. In one week, at the very end of December, 378 new hospitalizations were recorded on average in the country among those under 18, an increase of 66% compared to the previous week, according to figures from the Centers for Prevention and disease control (CDC). This is a record, exceeding the previous peak observed in September, during the wave linked to the delta variant. However, the proportion of severe cases among minors remains much lower than for other age groups.
Portugal is reducing the length of the quarantine. The Portuguese health authority has decided to reduce from ten to seven days the period of isolation imposed on people infected with the coronavirus without showing symptoms, as well as on their contact cases.