What there is to know :
– Public health France identified 19,814 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday evening (against 21,703 the day before). In addition, 281 patients died in hospital (277 the day before). Since the start of the epidemic, 67,431 patients have died. In the Nord and Pas-de-Calais the indicators are on the rise, but remain below the national average. Globally, over seven days, 658,100 new cases were recorded on average every 24 hours, 14% more than the previous week.
– The government must specify this Saturday which are the new departments affected by a curfew at 6 p.m.
– Jean Castex announced on Thursday that bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, ski resorts, etc. would not reopen before February “at a minimum”. An update on the situation will take place on January 20.
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2:55 p.m. Attendance down by more than 70% for the Louvre and other major Parisian museums
The Louvre and several major Parisian museums have suffered the full brunt of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, suffering drops in attendance of more than 70% in 2020. The largest museum in the world, closed for six months, will have hosted 2 , 7 million visitors in 2020, i.e. -72%, compared to 9.6 million visitors in 2019 and the absolute record of 10.2 million in 2018.
2:50 p.m. European Rugby Cup: Sports Ministry recommends postponing matches against the British
The Sports Ministry has invited French clubs to postpone their European Rugby Cup matches against British clubs to avoid the risk of the spread of more contagious variants of Covid-19, according to a statement sent to AFP on Saturday. A specific meeting on the Six Nations Tournament, supposed to start on February 6, will be held at the initiative of the Ministry of Sports at the beginning of the week.
2:42 p.m. The Moderna vaccine will arrive in France on Monday
« We will have 50,000 first doses of the new Moderna vaccine from Monday in our country », Announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
2:29 p.m. In Maubeuge, a hundred liberal health professionals vaccinated
They were a hundred, doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, to present themselves this Saturday morning in the multidisciplinary health center of Maubeuge to be vaccinated against the Covid-19. A precise organization, coupled with a certain impatience tinged with hope. That of being able to “serve as an example” to the population.
14:04. The milestone of 100,000 vaccinated French people should be reached during the weekend
« We will probably pass the symbolic milestone of 100,000 French vaccinated in the weekend », Prime Minister Jean Castex indicated during a trip to Tarbes, where he is accompanied by Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health.
1:20 p.m. The 6 p.m. curfew extended to Cher, Allier, Côte-d’Or and Haut-Rhin
After the Bas-Rhin, the curfew is advanced to 6 p.m. from Sunday in the Cher, Allier, Côte-d’Or and Haut-Rhin, the prefectures concerned announced on Saturday. These departments join the fifteen, mainly from eastern France, which have already been subject to this measure for a week while the rest of the territory has a curfew at 8 p.m. Other departments are expected to switch to an advanced curfew. Among them, the Bouches-du-Rhône, where local elected officials are up against this measure, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. All exceed or approach an incidence rate of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Haute-Savoie has kept it at 8 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Jean Castex and Olivier Véran in a vaccination center this morning in Tarbes
As part of the acceleration of the vaccination campaign in France, the Minister of Health was present this morning in Tarbes in a new vaccination center that he indicated to be the 170th in France. There will be 300 in the territory next week, he said Thursday then ”
600 by the end of the month
“. The Minister of Health adds that six vaccination centers will be opened in January ”
in each department
11h. Brigitte Macron tested positive for Covid-19 at Christmas
When President Emmanuel Macron was sick, before Christmas, his wife Brigitte tested negative. We learn today (Europe 1 confirmed by franceinfo) that she then tested positive on December 24. Contact case of the president, she had remained in solitary confinement while her husband was at the Lantern. The couple then spent the end of year celebrations at Fort Brégançon. Tested negative on December 30, it resumed operations on January 4.
10:15 am. Two new cases of the British variant detected in Belgium
Two new cases of the British variant of Covid-19 have been detected in Belgium, according to information reported by Piet Maes, virologist at KU Leuven, relayed by The standard. These are said to be two people, separate cases, recently returned from the UK. They tested positive for the coronavirus before Christmas time, but a wait was needed to ensure that it was the UK variant. The variant is more contagious, but so far nothing has claimed that it is serious. There are now six cases of patients infected with the variant.
8:50 am. Massive screening in Roubaix: what challenges awaiting the vaccine?
At a time when all eyes are on vaccination, a large massive screening begins Monday in Roubaix for six days. In a context a priori less alarming than that experienced by the city of a thousand chimneys this fall, what are the issues likely to convince the population to participate? We take stock.
7:50 am. The sports halls sweat blood and water so as not to sink
They were hoping to reopen in January, but gyms won’t be able to open until February, at best. Although this is not a surprise, the sector is suffering. The managers of the rooms are very worried, but when they still can, they also try to project themselves.
7:30 am. The eleventh edition of the Valenciennes film festival postponed from March to September
Interrupted last March, because of the Covid, the Valenciennes film festival, 2021 edition, will take place in September. A choice of the organizing association to offer “quality, meetings, conviviality”. In addition, it will last longer!
6.30am. European Union steps up vaccine orders
The European Union on Friday gave a boost to its vaccination programs, criticized for their slowness, by doubling its pre-orders of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, while awaiting the first deliveries of those from Moderna. The EU could also authorize at the end of January a third vaccine, that of AstraZeneca / Oxford.
With the first two, “
we have already ensured a quantity of doses that allows us to vaccinate 380 million Europeans, this is more than 80% of the population, and other vaccines will follow in the weeks and months to come », Welcomed the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
This collective vaccine purchasing strategy, attacked in particular in Germany, will continue, reaffirmed Friday evening the French presidency, specifying that “this European coordination must relate at the same time to the orders of vaccines and the sites of production in Europe”.
6h. Update on the pandemic around the world
The Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying almost everywhere on the planet, with a new record of contaminations in the United States (290,000 cases recorded in 24 hours). The increase is 21% in the United States / Canada, 19% in the African continent, 16% in Latin America / Caribbean, 12% in the Middle East and 8% in Europe. The United Kingdom is the country in Europe the most bereaved by the epidemic with nearly 80,000 deaths. In China and Australia, where the epidemic is under control, the authorities acted very energetically in the face of the appearance of new outbreaks, however modest, worried about the spread of new variants from abroad. Australian authorities also reacted swiftly, imposing a three-day confinement to two million Brisbane residents, after only one contamination in this city: an employee of a hotel who contracted the variant of Covid-19 discovered in the United Kingdom.
In Japan, a new state of emergency came into effect on Friday for a month in greater Tokyo, against a backdrop of soaring number of contaminations. Just like at Mexico, faced with the highest level of occupancy of hospital beds since the start of the pandemic and where the state of emergency has been extended. In Sweden, the government obtained on Friday the right, for the first time, to close restaurants and shops, while the Greece has decided on a new extension, until January 18, of the strict confinement in force for two months on its territory. Denmark meanwhile announced that only planes whose passengers all tested negative would be allowed to land on its soil.
Since the appearance, more than a year ago, of the new coronavirus in China, nearly two million people died out of 87 million confirmed cases. And among the cured patients, more than three quarters of those who were hospitalized still suffer from at least one symptom six months after their contamination, reveals a study published on Saturday in the journal The Lancet.