New measures, new reports and highlights: update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.
The situation in France
The epidemic pressure linked to Covid-19 remained strong on Friday in France, with nearly 23,000 new contaminations and a high level of admissions to hospital and intensive care. A total of 22,858 cases of infection with the coronavirus have been recorded in the past 24 hours, according to Public Health France.
Just over 141,000 people tested positive last week, an average of around 20,100 per day, up from 128,000 the week before, or a daily average of 18,300. The positivity rate of those tested declined very slightly, to 7%, against 7.1% in the last six days.
With 356 new deaths recorded in hospital in 24 hours, the disease has now killed 75,620 people, including 52,917 in hospital, since the start of the epidemic. Hospitals recorded 11,165 new hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients over the last seven days (compared to 11,219 Thursday). Among them, 1,797 had to be admitted to an intensive care unit, while the total was 1,800 (over seven days) the day before.
Video: Vaccine: the time between the two doses of Pfizer maintained at “3 or 4 weeks” (Véran) (AFP)
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Italy: The delegation of the Italia Viva party led by Matteo Renzi meets Matterella
The Italia Viva party delegation led by Senator Matteo Renzi meets Italian President Sergio Matterella at the presidential palace for discussions on the formation of a new government, after the resignation of Giuseppe Conte. IMAGES
Employee of an Ardèche company killed: “a terrible shock” (Borne)
“It is obviously a terrible shock for the employees who were present and then for those who lost their HRD”, declared the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, in front of the premises of the company Faun Environnement, where a man was killed by bullets in the morning one of the employees. He had previously killed a Pôle Emploi adviser in Valence, where the minister also visited. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. SOUND
Pôle Emploi advisor killed in Valence: the man was followed in Nancy (Borne)
The Pôle Emploi shooter “is not followed” in Valence but in Nancy, indicates the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne, on the spot. A counselor was shot dead in the morning. The gunman, a 45-year-old unemployed engineer, then killed an employee of an Ardèche company where he had worked, before being arrested and taken into police custody. SOUND
On Friday alone, France counted 1,823 new hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients (+97 compared to Thursday), and 271 new intensive care admissions (+1). On the vaccine front, a total of 1,447,155 injections have been carried out since the start of the vaccination campaign a month ago, the Directorate General of Health announced on Friday.
“We can still give ourselves a chance to avoid containment,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said Friday evening after a defense council. He announced the closure of borders to countries outside the EU, the closure of the largest non-food shopping centers and a tightening of the control of curfew obligations.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the use in the European Union of the AstraZeneca / Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, for all people aged 18 and over, saying the vaccine is also suitable for people elderly.
“The EMA recommended the granting of a conditional marketing authorization for the vaccine against the Covid-19 AstraZeneca (…) in people from 18 years old”, said in a statement the regulator European, based in Amsterdam.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has made more than 2.19 million dead in the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report drawn up by AFP on Friday from official sources. More than 101.4 million cases of infection have been diagnosed.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (433,206), followed by Brazil (221,547), Mexico (155,145), India (154,010) and the United Kingdom (103,126).
The global death toll is globally underestimated. It is based on the daily reports from the national health authorities.