140 deaths in French hospitals, 1,552 patients in intensive care

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

The white plan, triggered by the French health authorities Moselle, which excluded fluvoxamine from anti-Covid treatments, the Covid pandemic, which contributed to the reduction of the prison population… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, April 5th.

23,010 patients hospitalized in France

The fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has been recovering for several days, according to French Public Health data. A total of 23,010 patients were hospitalized with the diagnosis of Covid on Tuesday, compared to 22,835 on Monday. Of these, 1,552 patients are in intensive care (+199 admissions in one day), versus 1,541 the day before. 140 people died in French hospitals in the last 24 hours.

The white plan launched on the Moselle

CHR Metz-Thionville announced on Tuesday that it will launch its white plan to try to deal with the epidemic. “The incidence rate continues to rise on the Moselle”just like the hospital pressure that concentrates “Largely on CHR”, writes the organization in a press release. The white plan is a health emergency device that allows for measures to reorganize services—for example, to reopen intensive care beds—to deal with a large influx of patients.

“Given the saturation of CHR’s emergency services, the population of the Metz-Thionville basins are encouraged to consult their physicians or go to other emergency services whenever possible (Legouest Hospital, Claude Bernard Clinical Hospital) or medical centers in the area that do not require emergency care”, He adds the CHR, which asks its users to call “SAMU Center 15” prior to any visit to the Emergency Room.

Anti-Covid treatments: health officials rule out an antidepressant

An antidepressant, fluvoxamine, should not be used against Covid at the current level of knowledge, according to estimates by French health officials on Tuesday. “The data available to date do not support the clinical utility of fluvoxamine as a curative therapy for Covid-19 disease due to methodological limitations.”summarized in a press release from the National Drug Safety Agency (ANSM). Widely used as an antidepressant, fluvoxamine is one of the few currently available drugs with interesting results against severe forms of Covid.

Unlike now-discredited parts like chloroquine or ivermectin, some credible studies suggest it may reduce the risk of complications. Such a possibility is particularly interesting because the cost of such a long-circulating treatment would be much lower than the cost of anti-Covid drugs developed specifically for this purpose, such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill. However, according to ANSM, the current state of knowledge is insufficient to support such use.

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Covid pandemic contributed to the reduction of prison population

Covid-19 “contributed” Reducing the prison population in Europe, according to a study from January 2020 to January 2021 published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday. “The decline in prison entry rates (…) was particularly pronounced in 2020, confirming the impact of the movement restrictions associated with Covid-19”, It draws attention to a study conducted by the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) on behalf of the Council. It also calls “slowing down the judicial system” and “broadcast programs” established “To prevent or curb the spread in certain countries” your virus.

“Less interaction between people means less crime involving public contact, fewer arrests and fewer detentions.”, explains Council Professor Marcelo Aebi, who leads the team of researchers from the Swiss university, in a press release. As of January 31, 2021, “There were 1.414.172” Detained in 47 countries of the Council of Europe (including Russia, which was recently expelled from the organization after attacking Ukraine), statement continues, or “A prison population ratio of 102 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants (…)”2.3% decrease from previous prison figures: As of 31 January 2020, there were 1,528,343 prisoners in European prisons (104.3 per 100.3 inhabitants).

Scope of fixed costs extended to associations

Companies in the form of associations penalized by the health crisis will be able to benefit from the assumption of their fixed costs like any other, according to two decrees published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday. The system, which has been reserved for so-called profitable companies until now, consists of two different aids: “rebound fixed costs” Covering the period from January to October 2021 and assistance “consolidation fixed costs” It covers December 2021 and January 2022. The first is reserved for associations created before January 31, 2021, and the second is reserved for associations created before October 31, 2021.

To qualify for assistance, the joint venture must have lost at least 50% of its turnover during the reference period and must justify a negative gross operating surplus (or EBITDA, a means of calculating the profitability of the business). In the resolutions, it was stated that the aid would amount to 70% of the company’s operating loss or 90% for small partner companies. Requests for assistance will be made online and must be completed before April 30.

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End of restrictions in South Africa

All legal restrictions on the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa ended at midnight on Tuesday. The rate of new infections and deaths from the virus in South Africa has slowed markedly since mid-February. According to the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, the death rate fell from a daily average of 420 in July last year to 12 last week.

“We hope the worst is over and better days await us”He announced on Monday that the final restrictions had been lifted. “Now is the time to grow our economy and create jobs (…), get our country back on track. Now is the time to heal, heal and rebuild.”, he said, addressing the nation on television. South Africa’s economic situation has been worsened by the pandemic, with the unemployment rate hitting a record high of 35.3% in the last quarter of 2021.