UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new results and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The British Prime Minister admitted having participated in a party in full confinement, Omicron “remains a dangerous virus” according to the WHO, a fourth dose for vulnerable people in Denmark… Le Figaro takes stock this Thursday, January 13 on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.
“Partygate”: Boris Johnson’s apology
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged to MPs on Wednesday his presence at a party in Downing Street in full confinement in 2020 and presented his “excuseswithout convincing the opposition, which is asking for his resignation.
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WHO: Omicron “remains a dangerous virus”
The Omicron variant, which is spreading at a rate the world has not seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, “remains a dangerous virus, especially for those who are not vaccinated“Warned the boss of the WHO on Wednesday.
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Risk of hospitalization halved with Omicron compared to Delta (study)
A large US study of nearly 70,000 people who tested positive for Covid-19 showed a substantially reduced risk of hospitalization and death with the Omicron variant compared to Delta, regardless of increasing levels of immunity in the population. .
People infected with Omicron were half as likely to be hospitalized as those with Delta, according to this work. The risk of being placed in intensive care was reduced by around 75%, and that of dying by more than 90%.
United States: more and more tests in schools
The United States will increase by 10 million the monthly number of Covid-19 screening tests for schools in order to keep them open, announced the White House, the wave of contamination threatening to make a return to school inevitable. Distance Learning.
Tennis: 50% gauge for the public at the Australian Open
Public capacity at the Australian Open Tennis will be limited to 50% due to a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Melbourne area, the government announced on Thursday. the state of Victoria.
Denmark: a 4th dose of vaccine for the most vulnerable
Hit hard by the Omicron wave, Denmark announced on Wednesday that it was offering a fourth dose of the anti-Covid vaccine to the most vulnerable, while lifting certain restrictions in favor of an epidemic under control.
In Quebec, the custody rights of an unvaccinated father are temporarily lifted
In Canada, a Quebec court recently temporarily suspended the child custody rights of an unvaccinated father and “opposed to health measures“. This decision of December 23, revealed by the Quebec newspaper Le Devoir and which AFP consulted, explains that he is not in the “best interest (of the child) to have contact with his father if he is not vaccinated and is opposed to health measures in the current epidemiological context».
Rwandans claiming to flee vaccination arrive on Congolese island
A hundred Rwandans have arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days claiming to flee vaccination against Covid-19, which is often compulsory in their country, AFP learned on Wednesday from local sources.
More than 5.5 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 5,503,347 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP on Wednesday from official sources.
In absolute terms, the United States is the most bereaved country with 843,624 dead, followed by Brazil (620,371), India (484,655) and Russia (318,432).
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.
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