ski resorts, student anger, Germany, the Netherlands … January 20 recap

► Health restrictions will not change this week in France

There will be “No change in national restrictions this week”Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Wednesday, January 20, after the Council of Ministers, without commenting on possible reductions. One week after the announcement of the generalization of the 6 p.m. curfew in mainland France, “We give this a chance [dispositif], it is possible that this measure will slow down the circulation of the virus even more in our country ”, argued the spokesperson.

► Ski resorts will not reopen on 1is February

The threat of “White season” is confirmed for ski resorts in France. The Secretary of State for Tourism announced that the ski lifts “Will not reopen on 1is February “.

→ EXPLANATION. Covid-19: Are ski resorts threatened?

“A reopening in mid or late February seems highly improbable”, added Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, after having gathered during a videoconference the actors of the mountain, who hoped for this reopening “To ensure the survival of the mountain ecosystem” and « limiter l’impact social » in a sector which represents between 250,000 and 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.

► Students in the street to protest against the prolonged closure of universities

In this context of an endless crisis, the students, deprived of lecture halls for more than two months, took to the streets on Wednesday to make their voices heard, against a backdrop of isolation and deteriorated living conditions. The call for mobilization was launched by the UNEF and other leftist political and trade union organizations.

→ ANALYSIS. “College” in distance, “prep” in face-to-face, are inequalities widening?

Emmanuel Macron, will visit the University of Paris Saclay on Thursday January 21, and could announce new support measures, according to a government source.

► Vaccine: no link established between the deaths of five people who received the injection and a reaction to the vaccine

Five dead of “Elderly or very old with co-morbidities”, who had received an injection of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, have been identified in France to date, without a link being established at this stage between their death and a reaction to the vaccine.

“In all cases, these are elderly or very old people with comorbidities”, a source told the health ministry. This was confirmed by Minister Olivier Véran, during a visit to a vaccination center in Nancy. “These are people who may have died in the days following vaccination without showing signs of an allergic reaction” after the injection, he said.

► According to preliminary studies, the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine is effective against the English variant

BioNTech / Pfizer’s vaccine appears to be effective against the English variant of Covid-19. This is indicated by the results of two preliminary studies posted online Wednesday.

To assess the effectiveness of the vaccine, the researchers tested the English variant in the laboratory with the plasma of 36 patients cured after suffering from severe or milder forms. “The majority of samples” was able to “Neutralize” the variant, even if the ” power “ neutralization was reduced in three of the samples, the study concludes.

► Vatican: vaccinated homeless people

The Vatican began on Wednesday to vaccinate a first group of about twenty-five homeless, who are already benefiting from its assistance around St. Peter’s Square. Other groups will follow in the coming days, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

► Germany: tightening of measures

At a meeting between Angela Merkel and the 16 regional states on Tuesday, January 19, new health restrictions were established in Germany. From now on, medical, FFP2 or surgical masks become mandatory in shops, subways, buses, trains and trams.

Teleworking will also now prevail “Wherever possible”, at least until March 15, as well as the wearing of medical masks, provided by the employer, when presence in the workplace is essential. However, the idea of ​​imposing a nighttime curfew was rejected.

In addition, Angela Merkel warned that Germany did not rule out re-establishing border controls with European Union member countries facing the danger of the variant..

► Curfew introduced in the Netherlands, a first for the country

This is a first in the Netherlands since the start of the epidemic: a curfew has been imposed nationwide. This curfew will be in effect daily from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. until February 10, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at a press conference, saying he would seek parliamentary approval before that this measure does not come into effect.

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