116 deaths, 161,950 new cases in 24 hours

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Spanish government has announced the end of the domestic mask, China has crossed the 20,000 cases per day limit, Nigeria has lifted most of the anti-Covid restrictions… Le Figaro On Wednesday, April 6, it provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

116 dead, more than 23,000 patients hospitalized in 24 hours

The epidemic is raging in France, where 116 people died from Covid this Wednesday, according to the daily report of Public Health France. 23,013 patients (vs 23,010 on Tuesday) were hospitalized, including 1,948 patients who arrived within 24 hours. 1,561 people are being treated in intensive care units.

Pollution growth stalled: 161,950 positive cases recorded within 24 hours by Public Health France, with an average of 134,991 for the past seven days after surpassing 140,000 on Friday.

European Union health authorities allow second booster dose for over 80 years old

European Union health officials on Wednesday green-lighted a second booster dose of Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid vaccines for people aged 80 and over, but thought it was premature to issue a recommendation for the elderly population. youth.

Adults 80 years of age and older may be given a second booster dose.higher risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19 for this age group“and”the protection afforded by the fourth dose“As stated in a press release by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Germany waives isolation requirement in case of infection

In the face of criticism, the German government gave up on Wednesday to lift the isolation obligation from 1 May in case of Covid-19 infection. “It was a mistake for which I am personally responsible. gave wrong signal“This measure is ultimately,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the press.minimizing the epidemic“.

The minister in the Olaf Scholz government announced on Monday that the isolation requirement will be lifted from May 1, currently seven days before a negative test. This decision, taken together with representatives of the 16 German Länder, immediately sparked criticism from associations and the opposition. End of mandatory isolationendanger human life“therefore, the social association campaigning for access to care warned VdK.

Spain: The government announces the end of the mask indoors on April 20

The Spanish government announced on Wednesday that the mask expires indoors, except transport or hospitals, from April 20. “On April 19, we will present a decree at the Council of Ministers that will remove the mask requirement inside.“and henceforth to come into effect”published in the official gazette on April 20.“, Health Minister Carolina Darias declared at the end of the regional health officials meeting in Toledo (centre). But masks will continue to be mandatory in health centres, hospitals, nursing homes and public transport,” she said.

While masks are no longer required indoors in many countries, the Spanish government has chosen to wait for Holy Week (April 10-17), when Spaniards will reunite with their families, before ending the requirement to wear masks. Wearing masks inside in Spain was one of the last remaining restrictions.

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China crosses 20,000 daily cases

China on Wednesday announced a record 20,000 Covid-19 contaminations in the past 24 hours, mostly in Shanghai, which is about to open a giant field hospital for 40,000 people. The country where the coronavirus was first detected at the end of 2019 had largely managed to stop the epidemic until March 2021, thanks to very strict measures combined under the name of Covid zero.

But the Omicron variant has beaten that strategy, with daily reports now exceeding the official numbers of the first wave of outbreaks in Wuhan (center). The world’s most populous country on Wednesday announced 20,472 positive cases in the last 24 hours; That’s a small number compared to the balance sheets of many countries, but it’s high for China, where daily totals are still above 100 in February. The 10,000-day case limit was exceeded on Sunday alone.

The health ministry said no new deaths were recorded. The last two officially announced deaths in the country date back to mid-March. More than 80% of new positive cases have been reported in Shanghai, the country’s largest city, which has been under almost complete quarantine since last week.

Covid-positive American ministers and elected officials after the gala dinner

Covid-19 made a remarkable appearance at one of the most prestigious dinners in the American capital this weekend, as ministers, elected officials and journalists who were there on Wednesday all shared their positive tests. A few hours apart, US Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced that they were both positive for Covid. Two ministers of Joe Biden’s cabinet attended the annual Gridiron Club dinner on Saturday; this gave Washington’s political and media elite a major exercise in self-mockery. The influential elected Democrat Adam Schiff, who was also present at this great rally, announced on Tuesday that the Covid test was positive.

Chinese Kintor announces positive results for controversial treatment

Chinese pharmaceutical group Kintor reported positive results Wednesday for proxalutamide, an anti-Covid treatment that was the subject of a health scandal in Brazil a few months ago. “Proxalutamide shows a significant reduction in hospitalization and death rates.patients, summarizes Kintor in a press release. This is based on clinical trials conducted on several hundred patients, primarily in the United States. However, its results are not yet publicly available.

Proxalutamide was originally a treatment project aimed at reducing the production of male hormones. Kintor, for example, is targeting use against prostate cancer. However, according to the group, whose title doubled in the stock market after these statements, it also has an interest in Covid. According to the group, in these clinical studies, fewer patients given proxalutamide were hospitalized than those given placebo. The difference is particularly evident in patients treated for more than one week and no hospitalization was reported by Kintor.

The group operates in China and the United States, as well as “other countriesHe mentioned an emergency authorization in Paraguay a few months ago.

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Nigeria lifts most anti-Covid restrictions

The Nigerian government has lifted most of the anti-Covid restrictions, including the nighttime curfew and collection restrictions imposed in Africa’s most populous country at the start of the outbreak.

The response to Covid-19 has been reviewed, taking into account the decrease in the number of cases and the risk of new variants coming to the region, as well as the availability of vaccines.in the country, according to an official document from the presidency sent to AFP on Tuesday. Since the outbreak began in March 2020, the country has officially registered fewer than 260,000 cases, including 3,142 deaths.

Air traffic resumption continued in February despite Covid

Air passenger traffic is in full recovery, with the first days of the war in Ukraine falling only slightly at the end of February, the International Air Transport Association Iata said on Wednesday. “Traffic recovered strongly in February 2022 compared to January 2022 with moderate Omicron variant results outside of Asia‘ said Iata in a press release.

With the lifting of many restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, traffic worldwide increased 115.9% year-on-year, but fell 45.5% from February 2019 figures. In China in particular, domestic traffic has drastically decreased, but overall it has increased by 60.7% in one year.

International traffic rebounded strongly, though it remained around 50% lower than in February 2019 (+256.8% year-on-year). Only the Asia-Pacific region remained at a very low level. Iata Managing Director Willie Walsh said at a press conference that the next few months look promising.

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