UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mask is making a big comeback outdoors, up to a 50,000 euros fine for companies reluctant to telework, new restrictions from Friday in Mayotte … Le Figaro takes stock this Thursday, December 30 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
180 deaths in 24 hours, 18,321 hospitalized patients
The epidemic continues to rise in France, where 180 people have died from Covid in the past 24 hours. 18,321 patients are currently hospitalized, indicates Public Health France, including 1,922 who arrived on Thursday. 3,506 patients are treated in critical care – 299 of them have been since the day before.
The mandatory mask is making a comeback in many cities
Many departments or cities have announced the return of the mandatory mask to the street on Friday in an attempt to curb the Omicron variant, which detonates Covid-19 contaminations.
The Paris police headquarters announced the return of the mask on Wednesday evening less than 48 hours later in the capital. The other prefectures of Ile-de-France have followed suit by announcing similar measures, the contours of which however diverge according to the departments. The mask is again imposed in all the departments of Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, in all the municipalities of Val-d’Oise (perimeter included between the signs entry and exit from the town) and Seine-et-Marne, in the towns of Essonne and in the center of the towns of Yvelines.
In Lyon or Villeurbanne, the mask is making its return starting this Thursday midnight for a period of three weeks, “except between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.“, Indicated the prefecture of the Rhône in a press release. With the exception of beaches and certain natural spaces, the mask will also be required in public spaces in Loire-Atlantique. In Tours (Indre-et-Loire), the obligation will only be valid in the city center from January 1, for one month. Some decrees concern the southwest. In Charente-Maritime, the obligation to wear a mask outside is extended to 72 municipalities from Thursday until January 19, and concerns both La Rochelle and island municipalities such as Ars-en-Ré or Dolus -Oléron.
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And Dordogne, «in Périgueux, Bergerac and Sarlat, and in agreement with the mayors concerned, the wearing of the mask will be compulsory again from December 31 in the city center, and for a period of one month possibly renewable depending on the evolution of the health situation», Indicated the prefecture. In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, one of the regions with the highest incidence rate of the virus in metropolitan France, the mask is already a reality in the Var since December 11 and until January 7, on the whole public roads and places. Offenders are liable to a fine of 135 euros.
Teleworking: up to 50,000 euros fine for recalcitrant companies
The French government, which imposed the use of teleworking at least three days a week from January 3, wants sanctions of up to 50,000 euros for recalcitrant companies. An amendment will be tabled by the weekend to a bill transforming the vaccine pass into a health pass, discussed next Monday in the National Assembly, according to the entourage of the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne.
In addition, the gauges of 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors, announced on Monday by the government, will not apply to fairs, shows, zoos and amusement parks, the Minister Delegate in charge of Tourism and SMEs said on Thursday. , Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. Wearing a mask will become mandatory outdoors again on Friday in almost the entire Paris region, as well as in Lyon.
Universities: the pass will not be necessary for the partial
Students will not have to show a health or vaccination pass to access the exams scheduled for January in universities, said Sarah El Haïry, Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education on Thursday. It will not take “no vaccination pass to take the examsThe Secretary of State for Youth and Engagement said on CNews. While the number of new cases detected of Covid-19 surpassed the 200,000 daily cases mark on Wednesday, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal confirmed that the exams would take place in the faculties at the start of the school year.
Fairs, exhibitions, amusement parks and zoos escape the limitation of the gauges
Fairs, amusement parks and zoos will not be affected by the gauge limitations imposed from Monday because they are “places where we walk», Announced the government Thursday, specifying that they are however subjected to health protocols. “This protocol specifies that it is necessary to set up traffic lanes, to ensure that there is not too much proximity between people, etc.», Said the Minister for Tourism and SMEs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the reinstatement of the gauge limits, set at 2,000 people maximum indoors and 5,000 outdoors, for “curb the Omicron variantOf Covid-19, from January 3 and for three weeks. “We distinguish between static gatherings and places where people walk», Declared Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to justify this exemption made to fairs, shows, amusement parks and zoos. For amusement parks, however, the limitation applies in projection room type spaces “as for other cultural groups», Detailed Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.
Omicron: Johnson & Johnson vaccine 85% effective in South Africa
The one-dose vaccine and its booster from the US laboratory Johnson & Johnson (J&J) remains 85% effective against severe cases of infection in South Africa where the Omicron variant is ultra-dominant, according to an unpaired study published Thursday. “Vaccine efficacy against hospital admissions increases after booster dose injection», Reaching 85% one to two months after the second injection, according to the study published on the pre-publication site medRxiv.
The study conducted by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was conducted on healthcare workers from November 15 to December 20. Almost half a million South African caregivers have received J&J vaccines in clinical trials.
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New restrictions from December 31 in Mayotte
Wearing a mask compulsory in town, six people maximum per table in bars and restaurants, ban on gatherings of more than six people: the prefect of Mayotte announced on Thursday new restrictions effective from Friday to slow the progression of the Covid epidemic . Gatherings of more than six people in public space as well as traditional gatherings (manzarakas and wanted) are prohibited, as is the practice of indoor sport. The prefecture also announces gauges in mosques, without further details.
France relaxes travel restrictions for the British “for the end of year celebrations »
France eases travel restrictions “for the end of year celebrations“For the British wishing to transit through France to regain their European residence, the Home Office told AFP, while new French restrictions linked to Covid-19 are causing confusion in the United Kingdom.
Many British nationals have surrendered “in good faith“In the UK for the holiday season and”find it difficult to reach their country of residence“, According to the ministry which decided to address”tolerance guidelines»To border police forces so that everyone can reach their home.
Up to 4,000 more hospital beds in the UK
British hospitals, “on the war footing“Face the variant Omicron, will set up temporary structures to open up to 4,000 additional beds to prepare for a wave of admissions, announced Thursday the health services.
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Covid: Chinese confined say they lack food
Residents of Xi’an told AFP on Thursday that they were running out of food, when Chinese authorities said the supply was “sufficient“In the confined city because of Covid-19. The 13 million inhabitants are only allowed to go out for refueling once every three days.
«I was not delivered», Railed a resident who did not wish to give her name to AFP. “I have rice at home […] I have several eggs left. One per meal, one meal per day“. Another resident said on condition of anonymity that she had been able to get supplies after negotiating with her residence to go out for 30 minutes. The supermarket had little stock and the vegetables were not fresh, according to the resident.
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Bali: deportation of tourists breaking the rules
Any foreigner caught breaking sanitary rules during New Year’s celebrations on the tourist island of Bali will be deported from the country, authorities said on Thursday.
Distancing imposed on Mecca
Saudi Arabia on Thursday again imposed physical distancing measures on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, due to an epidemic rebound in the kingdom that hosted millions of pilgrims before the pandemic.
Over a million cases per day worldwide
While the number of contaminations explodes in the world, the symbolic milestone of one million new daily cases was crossed for the first time in the week of December 23 to 29, according to an AFP count. More than 7.3 million new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the last seven days, an average of 1,045,000 contaminations per day.
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More than 5.4 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 5,421,160 people worldwide since December 2019, according to a report established by AFP. The United States is the most bereaved country with 822,920 dead, followed by Brazil (618,817), India (480,860) and Russia (307,948). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.