139 dead, 24,882 patients hospitalized in 24 hours

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One patient tested positive for 505 days, WHO”I strongly recommend» Thailand, Pfizer’s antiviral product for high-risk patients, lifts the latest travel restrictions for vaccinated tourists… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday, April 22.

139 dead, 24,882 patients hospitalized in 24 hours

139 people died this Friday, according to the daily report of Public Health France. Currently, 24,882 patients (vs 25,018 on Thursday) have been hospitalized, including 1,829 patients who had arrived in the last 24 hours. 1645 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.

More than 11% of people aged 80 years and older received a fourth dose of vaccine.

Public Health France noted in its weekly epidemiological update that 11.2% of people over the age of 80 received a second booster dose. “2.7% of those aged 60-79 years received a second booster dose.“The organization said in a press release.

Also, according to data compiled for the week of April 11-17, the number of new weekly hospitalizations of Covid patients fell by 20% from 10,480 to 8,348 compared to the weeks of April 4-10. Finally, Public Health France confirmed.ubiquity (variant) Omicron in France“representing”100% interpretable arraysFrom April 4 to April 10.

A patient in the UK tested positive for Kovid for 505 days, breaking a record

A patient who tested positive for COVID-19 remained so for 16 months until his death, the longest known case of infection, according to a study devoted to the evolution of the virus in immunocompromised patients. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, first tested positive in mid-2020 and had respiratory distress. Co-author of the study, Dr. He remained positive in all tests (about 45) until his death 505 days later, Gaia Nebbia told AFP on Friday. This is the longest known case of Covid infection, according to a press release from the European Congress of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which will be held in Lisbon from 23-26 April, where the study will be presented.

The study, led by researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London, examined nine immunocompromised patients who had persistent infection with the virus between March 2020 and December 2021. All were positive for at least eight weeks, two were positive for more than a year. Of the nine patients, four died and four eventually recovered. A final patient was still infected at the beginning of 2022, 412 days after he first tested positive.

WHO “I strongly recommend » Pfizer antiviral for patients at risk

WHO on Friday strongly recommended the antiviral paxlovid from the American pharmaceutical group Pfizer for patients with less severe forms of Covid-19 and said, “higher risk of hospitalization“. But similar to what happened with the Covid vaccines, the World Health Organization”very worriedthat less wealthy countries are once again struggling to access this drug.

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Nirmatrelvir/ritonavir combination for WHO experts “is the drug of choiceFor unvaccinated, elderly or immunocompromised patients, according to an article in the British Journal of Medicine. For these same types of patients and symptoms, WHO also provides a “weak advice“For remdesivir from the American Gilead lab he had recommended until then. The organization, which continues its campaigns for the vaccine, says that Paxlovid should be preferred over monoclonal antibodies alongside Merck’s molnupiravir or remdesivir.

India: World’s largest vaccine manufacturer halts production of AstraZeneca due to lack of demand

The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the India-based Serum Institute of India, announced on Friday that it has stopped production of Covid vaccines licensed to AstraZeneca, following the decline in local and global demand. The Serum Institute has produced over a billion doses of Covishield, the Indian version of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, and was one of the major contributors to the UN-sponsored Covax program to supply the poorest countries.

With an overabundance of anti-Covid vaccines available on a global scale today, the Indian manufacturer’s decision is singularly at odds with the situation prevailing in India a year ago. This country with a population of 1.4 billion, “world pharmacy“Then had to drastically limit the export of anti-Covid doses to cope with the rise of new cases endangering the entire healthcare system.

Thailand lifts latest travel restrictions for vaccinated tourists

Thailand is lifting the latest restrictions on vaccinated travelers from May 1 to revive its vital tourism sector, which is still badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials on Friday announced the end of PCR testing, the end of the requirement to isolate themselves in a hotel while awaiting results, and that visitors must only confirm that they have a full vaccination schedule and a minimum of $10,000 health insurance.

Tourists who are not vaccinated will have a choice: submit a negative result in a PCR test done within three days of arrival, or stay in a hotel under quarantine for five days. Lifting the last restrictions”It will accelerate the economic recovery as we are a country highly dependent on tourism.Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said.

In Brazil, the Rio carnival continues this Friday after two years of Covid.

After two years of painful abstinence due to Covid, Rio finds its carnival on Friday evening, with its first night of parades at the sambadrome, and is determined to restore all its shine to this glorious, unbridled, irreverent celebration. From 10 p.m. (3 Saturdays in France), 75,000 joyful spectators will shake the famous street-facing stands, where the first six samba schools will parade, one hour each, in a huge environment of sequins, feathers and deafening drums. tanks.

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Millions of Brazilians will be glued to their televisions to broadcast this magic live until the morning, as every year. Every year except last year. The cancellation of the carnival due to the pandemic was experienced as a national tragedy, as in the DNA of a samba-crazed people. The 2022 edition is being held on an unusual date, two months behind schedule, with the Omicron variant breaking out cold sweats for officials and organizers who chose to postpone the giant party.

Among the nearly 40,000 dancers and percussionists in glittering costumes who will parade over the two nights, most will surely have lost a relative or a friend in the epidemic that blew the country, killed at least 660,000, and caused economic recession.