Coronavirus: 81 schools and 2,100 classes closed

11:13 am: Over 1,000 Jewish pilgrims stranded between Ukraine and Belarus

At least 1,064 Israeli citizens have been stranded at the Belarus-Ukraine border since Monday, including 242 children, and more continue to arrive. Coming mainly from Israel but also from France, Great Britain and the United States, these Hasidic Jews hoped to participate in a pilgrimage to Uman, in the center of Ukraine, but find themselves stranded in 3no man’s land3 between two states because of the closure of Ukrainian borders due to the pandemic.

The pilgrims passed through Belarus thinking they could get around the restrictions put in place by Kiev.

11:03 am: A less severe global recession than expected in 2020

The global recession should be less severe than expected in 2020, estimates the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) in its economic outlook published on Wednesday, thanks to the rapid and consistent reaction of states. The Paris-based organization thus expects a 4.5% decline in global GDP in 2020 and then a 5% rebound in 2020. In June, it predicted a 6% recession and a 5.2% recovery.

9:56 am: Von der Leyen for “a European Health Union”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday called for a “European Health Union”, as member states tackled the pandemic in dispersed order. “We must ensure that our new ‘EU for Health’ program stands the test of time (…) We will create an agency for advanced biomedical research and development at European level, as it exists in states -United, ”she told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

9:28 am: Parisian laboratories charge for faster tests

With more than a million tests performed per week, the analysis laboratories are overflowing with patients. The queues are lengthening on the sidewalks, as are the delays in getting his results. So some Ile-de-France laboratories have decided to charge more to be able to obtain PCR test results more quickly, according to a survey by‘Europe 1. In a laboratory in central Paris, for example, it is “80 euros excluding tax, 96 euros including tax”, for a result in 48 hours maximum. In Saint-Denis, in the Paris region, it’s even 100 euros.

Contacted by our colleagues, the Ministry of Health “strongly condemns” this practice and recalls that “any laboratory which would set up such a system would be illegal”. As a reminder, since July 25, anyone can benefit from a fully reimbursed PCR test, without the need for a prescription and without having to justify the process or show symptoms.

9:10 am: 81 schools closed, according to Jean-Michel Blanquer

Eighty-one schools and a little over 2,100 classes are closed in France, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Wednesday. These closures concern “around 0.13%” of some “60,000 schools in the country,” said the minister on LCI.

On September 7, the ministry counted 28 establishments and 262 classes closed because of the epidemic. “We have about 1,200 new cases of student Covid compared to the previous week”, detailed the minister, recalling that as a general rule, “we close a class from three cases” of contamination.

He also reiterated that a certificate on the honor of the parents indicating that the child does not have the Covid, and not a medical certificate, was sufficient to allow his return to school.

7:44 am: Masks for caregivers poorly suited to the face of women and Asians

The filter masks used by caregivers, such as FFP2, are less suited to the face shape of women and Asians, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal Anaesthesia. According to work carried out in several countries even before the Covid-19 epidemic, masks could be correctly applied by 95% of men but only 85% of women. Also, the masks fit 90% of people of Caucasian descent, compared to 84% of people of Asian descent. The proportion was particularly low, 60% on average, for Asian women.

However, according to the authors of the study, a good adaptation to the face of the person wearing the mask is more important, in terms of protection, than its filtration capacity. These categories of the population are therefore potentially more exposed to the risk of infection by Covid-19.

6:44 am: Distance course at Insa Toulouse after 127 positive cases

From this Wednesday, all courses at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse take place remotely for a period of at least two weeks. This measure follows positive tests from 127 students, reports France Bleu Occitanie.

Director Bertrand Raquet denounces the “irresponsible behavior” of certain students, these contaminations having taken place outside the establishment, in particular in Toulouse bars.

6:19 am: India crosses the 5 million case mark

India crossed the threshold of five million cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, according to figures from the Ministry of Health. The second most populous nation on the planet, which recorded a million new infections in just eleven days, now has 5.02 million cases, just behind the United States, which has 6.59 million.

6:16 am: No, a snake cannot be used as a mask

A snake cannot serve as a protective mask against the new coronavirus, reminded the Manchester transport authority (northern England), after the publication of photos showing a bus user with a reptile wrapped around his neck and the mouth.

On Monday, this traveler appeared to use a huge snake as a way to cover his face, according to photos published by the Manchester Evening News. The images also show the reptile exploring its surroundings and curling around a bar on the bus.

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