125,394 new cases, 143 deaths in 24 hours in French hospitals

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

The automotive industry is under pressure in the face of an increase in hospitalized patients in France, South Korea’s lifting of physical distance restrictions, and quarantines in China. Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday, April 15.

About 25,000 patients were hospitalized in France

According to the daily report of Public Health France, 143 people died in the hospital from Covid-19 this Friday. The number of patients hospitalized has increased slightly: Currently, 24,909 patients (vs 24,827 on Thursday) are hospitalized, including 1,953 patients who have arrived in the last 24 hours. The day before, 1,648 patients are being treated in intensive care units. 125,394 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours, compared to 137,342 cases the day before.

‘Serious risk’ of overspending on health care in 2022

Health expenditure target related to the Kovid-19 outbreak for 2022 was set as 4.9 billion euros, “significantly exceeded risk”, according to the committee on alert on the evolution of health insurance spending. while reminding “high uncertainty associated with the development of the epidemic (Covid-19)”, In an announcement published Friday on the site securite-sociale.fr, the committee is already taking note of certain overruns for the current year. For example, a payment “1.2 billion euros is not covered by this provision” and mainly dedicated to vaccine and anti-Covid drug orders placed at the end of 2021.

Or expenses related to testing at the end of the first quarter, “Exceeds annual provision by 0.5 billion euros” 1.6 billion due to the epidemic recovery at the beginning of the year. Additionally, there is an increase in business shutdowns, which reached 0.6 billion in January and February alone.

South Korea lifts physical distancing restrictions

The government announced on Friday that South Korea would lift all physical distancing restrictions. “Midnight curfew” For stores and meetings limited to 10 people “Will be removed from Monday”, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced. The move marks the end of two years of tight restrictions amid the pandemic that has strained small businesses and hinted at a return to normalcy in South Korea.

However, the obligation to wear masks in closed areas will continue. “for a considerable time”Authorities added that if the number of cases continues to decrease, they can lift the obligation to wear masks outside within two weeks. The context for lifting restrictions in South Korea looks positive: the country has weathered the wave of outbreaks caused by the Omicron variant, and the daily number of cases fell below 100,000 last week after reaching a peak of more than 620,000 daily cases in the mid-term. -March.

Covid in Brazil: higher death rate in pro-Bolsonaro cities

The death rate from Covid-19 is as follows: “generally” The authors of a study on Thursday announced that it is higher than average in municipalities that overwhelmingly voted for far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the last presidential election. Researchers compared the results of the 2018 election with death rates in municipalities in the state of Minas Gerais (southeast), and found that the coronavirus wreaked havoc where President Bolsonaro received the most votes. Analyzing data from January 21 to November 10, 2021, the study found that the infection rate was 30% higher in municipalities where Jair Bolsonaro was elected by the majority of voters in the runoff, at 7,600 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The finding of the study, conducted by the Minas Gerais Infectological Society and the Epidemiology and Infection Control Society of the same Brazilian state, is even more revealing for the death rate, 60% higher than for municipalities that did not vote. The majority for Jair Bolsonaro is at 212 out of 100,000. “Bolsonaro denied the seriousness of Covid-19, promoted treatments that have never proven effective, and opposed social distancing, wearing masks, incarceration and other protective measures.”, recalled Carlos Starling, co-author of the study. According to him, the position taken by the Head of State “Probably resulted in higher infection and death rates among his followers” added in a statement.

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China: auto industry under pressure from restrictions

Many automakers in China fear that their production will cease at a time when control of Shanghai and various regions is undermining the country’s supply chains. China, which has largely contained the Covid-19 outbreak on its territory for two years, is facing the worst outbreak of the entire epidemic since last month. Tens of millions of Chinese are mainly confined to the northeast of the country, the cradle of the automotive industry, and the economic capital, Shanghai. These measures seriously damage logistics transport, supply chains and have brought many companies to a standstill.

If there is no rapid improvement, “All Chinese equipment manufacturers will have to stop production in May”He Xiaopeng, boss of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng, said on Thursday. XPeng itself is one of the Chinese rivals of American Tesla, which has suspended the operations of its huge factory in Shanghai for more than two weeks due to the restrictions against Covid. New vehicle sales in China thus fell 10.5% in a year in March. Large international producers are also penalized with restrictions. Volkswagen on Thursday “serious impact” About the group’s activities in China, where it has joint ventures in Changchun (northeast) and Shanghai. German auto giant due to travel restrictions “temporarily unable to meet high demand” in the Chinese market.

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