146 deaths, 180,777 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.

While the French approve of the end of the mask requirement, the WHO criticizes many European countries for removing the mask.savagely“The measures, China is imprisoning a city of 9 million inhabitants… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 22.

146 dead in 24 hours, 20,741 hospitalized patients

According to the latest report published by the Public Health of France, the Covid epidemic continues with all its severity in France, where 146 people died in the last 24 hours. Since Tuesday, 20,741 patients (vs 20,706 on Monday) are currently hospitalized, including 1,562 patients. 1.604 patients are being treated in intensive care units. 180,777 new cases were detected.

WHO criticizes some European countries for removing it”savagely » dimensions

“Many European countries, including Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, have collected a lot of raises,” he said.savagely» The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that they are facing anti-Covid measures and a sharp increase in cases under the influence of the BA.2 subvariant. Hans Kluge, WHO’s European director, said to himself at a press conference transported to Moldova, “awake“About the current epidemic situation on the continent, while confirming that it will remain”optimistic“.

According to the health organization, the number of Covid cases is currently increasing in 18 of 53 countries in the WHO European region. “Especially the countries where we see an increase are England, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, France, Italy and Germany.“said Hans Kluge.”These countries abruptly lifted restrictions (…)“, the UN official estimated.

The number of new cases in Europe fell sharply after peaking in late January, but has been recovering since early March, according to WHO data. According to epidemiologists, this rebound is particularly explained by the current dominance of the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant, which is about 30% more contagious than the previous BA.1 – but no more dangerous.

China shuts down a city of 9 million

China decided to close a city of 9 million people on Tuesday as it faces the worst epidemic outbreak since 2020, pushing the zero Covid strategy. The industrial city of Shenyang (northeast), where many factories are located, including German manufacturer BMW, is now confining residents to their homes and has launched a new general population scan.

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The city is the capital of Liaoning province, bordering Jilin, which is by far the epicenter of the current epidemic wave due to the Omicron variant. A BMW spokesperson told AFP that the manufacturer’s production in Shenyang “adjusted or reduced according to the requirements of the authorities“: one out of three sites is stopped and two happen on Wednesday.

China’s Ministry of Health announced 4,770 new positive cases nationwide on Tuesday. Very low numbers compared to other countries in the world, but high for China and its zero Covid strategy. Thanks to prisons, quarantines on arrival, and even tracking movements, the country stopped the epidemic for two years, allowing the Chinese to lead an almost normal life.

According to a poll, the French approve of the expiration of the obligation but continue to wear

According to YouGov’s survey for H, the majority of French approve of the end of the requirement to wear masks, but many continue to wear masks at work or in stores.uffPost It was published on Tuesday. According to this online media survey, 53% of those questioned agree with the abolition of mandatory wearing of masks against Covid-19, which took place on March 14 (excluding transport and health facilities).

Schools (66%) and businesses (57%) approve of this requirement being lifted, but not in stores (46% for and 53% against). However, 68% of employees say they continue to wear masks at work, including all the time, in a sample of only 500 people, 36%. 75% of all respondents also report continuing to wear it in stores.

Pfizer will provide anti-Covid treatment to developing countries

The American lab announced in a press release on Tuesday that it will sell up to 4 million doses of Pfizer’s treatment against Covid-19 to Unicef, specifically for African countries, without specifying the amount of the transaction.

The United Nations Children’s Fund will be responsible for the distribution of Paxlovid tablets in 95 countries representing approximately 53% of the world’s population. “Low or middle-low income countries will be able to receive treatment at cost price, while middle-high income countries will pay according to the price table determined by Pfizer.“details the press release. Deliveries will begin in April. Paxlovid therapy is primarily aimed at at-risk populations (the very elderly, the immunocompromised, people suffering from certain rare diseases, etc.). According to clinical studies, it reduces the risk of being hospitalized or dying from Covid by about 85%.

Scientists urge Hong Kong to abandon ‘zero Covid’ strategy

Hong Kong’s leading scientists have urged regional officials to abandon China’s strategy.zero covidbefore a new wave of epidemics, the financial center “the port is closed forever“. “The last two months have been a very painful experience and we cannot afford to wait.Gabriel Leung, who leads a team of scientists working on the virus, told reporters.

On Monday, Chief Executive Officer Carrie Lam announced the relaxation of restrictions from April 1 – particularly regarding international flights and the quarantine period upon arrival in the region – but refused to give a way out of the crisis. Hong Kong is in the grip of an unprecedented epidemic since the highly contagious Omicron variant emerged in early January.

Gabriel Leung, dean of the medical school at the University of Hong Kong, is a government expert Carrie Lam consults regularly. He urged the city on Tuesday to consider Covid as an endemic disease and to emphasize vaccination, otherwise Hong Kong “it will forever remain a closed port“.

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