146 dead, 20,918 patients hospitalized in 24 hours

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The government sets the terms for the second booster dose for the most vulnerable, the Minister of Foreign Affairs tests positive, the last restrictive measures will be lifted in the Netherlands… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 15.

146 dead, 20,918 patients hospitalized in 24 hours

According to the latest report of Public Health France, 146 people died from Covid on Tuesday. 20,918 patients (vs 20,925 on Monday) were hospitalized, including 1,553 people who had arrived in the last 24 hours. 1,783 patients are being treated in intensive care units – 141 since Tuesday.

Government sets terms for second booster dose for the most vulnerable

The second booster dose was introduced in France. At a press conference this Tuesday, the Ministry of Solidarity and Health gave some details about the campaign that started in nursing homes, long-term care units (USLD) and among healthcare workers.

In an interview this weekend Parisian Jean Castex announces the openingfrom now (up to 80’s who have been taking booster doses for more than three months) from the fourth dose, facing a progressive loss of immunityThis applies to people aged 80 and over, as well as those living in nursing homes or USLDs.

This new dose should be administered three months after the injection of the first booster, with one delicacy: infected persons.more than three months after first booster“You don’t need to be revaccinated, the rule”an infection = an injectionis applying. Conversely, those infected”less than three months after first boosterHe states that he should receive this fourth injection, a message from DGS sent out Monday to all healthcare professionals. This second reminder is simply “suggested“, not required: o “not covered by the health passThe Ministry noted that this has made approximately 2.5 million people eligible, including 500,000 of whom live in Ehpad or USLD.

New increase in cases in China

On Tuesday, China reported 5,280 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number since the first wave of outbreaks in early 2020. This fee is more than double the figure announced the day before.

China, where the coronavirus was first detected at the end of 2019, had largely managed to contain the epidemic by resorting to strict containment measures from the beginning of 2020, but the Omicron strain has caused an increase in many homes across the country in recent months. If China figures remain modest compared to balance sheets recorded elsewhere in the world, they are high for the country. In total, only 120,000 Covid patients (excluding asymptomatic people) and 4,636 deaths have been counted since the start of the epidemic. The last death from the coronavirus officially dates to early 2021.

Over the past few days, many cities, even entire regions, have been quarantined. According to an AFP census, around 30 million people are currently confined to their homes at the gates of Hong Kong, particularly in the technological metropolis Shenzhen (south).

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Jean-Yves Le Drian announces he is positive for Covid

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian tested positive for Covid on Tuesday morning and immediately self-isolated, announcing on Twitter during his visit to Rennes with Prime Minister Jean Castex.

I just tested positive for covidThe minister announced in a tweet a few minutes after Jean Castex revealed the information in a speech in the province of Rennes. “I self-isolate and continue to work remotely at the Quai d’Orsay for the required period of time in accordance with the current health protocol.‘, added 74-year-old Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Latest anti-Kovid measures to be lifted in the Netherlands

The Dutch government announced on Tuesday that most of the last health restrictions were lifted from March 23, including the requirement to wear masks on public transport and testing before events.

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The rise in infections is slowing and hospital admission rates remain low in the country, where health officials have recorded 7.2 million positive tests since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic two years ago. “There are a number of things to unwind starting next Wednesday“Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said at a press conference.

Among them, “wearing a mask on public transport, an entrance test to an event with more than 500 people inside, and a third, using a health card to enter the NetherlandsHe underlined. The government is also dropping its recommendation to support telework.

ECHR condemns Switzerland for measures restricting freedoms

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday called Switzerland “violation of freedom of assemblyIn the face of the perceived disproportionate measures to ban mass demonstrations adopted in 2020 in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ECHR was seized in May 2020 by the Geneva Trade Union Community Action (CGAS), a Swiss association that complained that, by an injunction, the government had to give up holding a demonstration on 1 May. These measures included the banning of public and private demonstrations, particularly from March 16, 2020. In case of non-compliance with the ban, criminal sanctions were provided, with a prison sentence of up to three years. . The ban on all demonstrations was relaxed on 30 May, then lifted on 20 June 2020.

Former top adviser urges Hong Kong leader to resign amid new wave of lawsuits

A former senior adviser to the Hong Kong government on Tuesday called the Hong Kong leader “resign in shameHe joined the criticism of other figures in the pro-Beijing camp because of the coronavirus wave the city was going through. Carrie Lam’s government has been criticized for its failure to encourage older people to get vaccinated, as well as for its lack of clarity on what needs to be done to stem the rise in cases the city is currently experiencing.

When the situation got out of control, they knew that all they had to do was dodge their responsibilities by repeatedly pointing out that the epidemic was over.Wong Chack-kie, a former pro-Beijing adviser to the previous Hong Kong government, wrote about his abilities in a column published by the mainstream newspaper on Tuesday. mingpao.