UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro reviews the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
WHO calling not to “Download protections” Faced with Kovid, Greece preferred to spend the summer months without a mask and without a vaccination certificate, while the vaccine that prevented 150 thousand deaths in Italy… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday, April 13.
About 25,000 patients were hospitalized in France
Since its peak in early April, the Covid-19 epidemic has plateaued and contamination has stagnated for several days, while the number of hospitalized patients continues to rise, approaching 25,000, according to daily figures released Wednesday. In total, there are now 24,778 Covid-infected patients in hospitals, compared to 24,693 on Tuesday. Of these patients, 1,650 are being treated in intensive care, or 179 are treated within 24 hours versus 1,644 the day before. The frightening number of Covid has increased even more with 134 deaths in hospital within 24 hours. There were 146,426 new cases on Wednesday, against 190,762 the day before. According to Public Health France data, contaminations decreased by 9.6% in 7 days.
WHO emergency committee “unanimously” to say we must “not let our guard down”
WHO Covid-19 Emergency Committee, “write unanimously” think not “time to let your guard down”, Doctor Didier Houssin declared the president on Wednesday. “The situation is not over yet in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic”, The French said during a press briefing organized by the World Health Organization in Geneva. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the organisation, therefore continued the public health emergency of international concern for Covid-19, the WHO’s highest alert level.
“The observation is that the situation with the Covid 19 pandemic is far from over, the circulation of the virus is still very active, the mortality rate is high, and the virus is evolving unpredictably.”Doctor Houssin warned because more countries have lifted all or some of the health restrictions that have been put in place to control the virus. “Now is not the time to relax on this virus, weak surveillance, testing and reporting, lax public and public health measures, and resign on vaccination.” summoned the chairman of the emergency committee.
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Greece prefers to spend a summer without masks and vaccination certificates
Greece on Wednesday announced the lifting of the last measures against coronavirus for the summer, and stated that at the start of the tourist season, it will no longer be necessary to wear masks and present a vaccination certificate in stores. “We are announcing that the measures against the Kovid-19 epidemic have been relaxed in line with the epidemiological data and the recommendations of the experts”Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced. “From May 1st to August 31st”He told the press that the vaccination certificate, which has been obligatory in restaurants, bars and shops until now, will no longer be required. As of June 1, the obligation to wear masks in closed areas disappears.
Pfizer boss won’t rule out multivariate vaccine in fall
An effective Covid-19 vaccine against multiple variants by autumn “it is a possibility but not a certainty”, said Albert Bourla, boss of American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, on Wednesday. “Hopefully by autumn – but not sure – we may have a vaccine” which is effective “Against everything currently known”, Albert Bourla underlined during a press briefing organized by the International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Ifpma). Pfizer is currently working to find out what might be the best formula. “When we have data that allows us to decide which (vaccine) is best”said Albert Bourla.
Vaccine prevented 150,000 deaths in Italy
The Superior Health Institute (ISS) said in a study published Wednesday that the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Italy prevented nearly 150,000 deaths. According to the same source, the vaccine also prevented eight million additional cases of Covid-19, more than 500,000 hospitalizations and more than 55,000 intensive care cases. “This estimate covers the period from 27 December 2020 to 31 January 2022, the start date of the vaccination campaign”, Indicates the ISS in its report.
The ISS, the reference institute for public health issues in Italy, explains: “The calculation was made using a methodology that was originally developed for influenza vaccines but has already been applied for studies on SARS-CoV-2 in other countries”. Italy is one of the European countries that has paid the heaviest price for the pandemic, which has claimed more than 161,000 lives so far. According to the Ministry of Health, approximately 90% of the population over the age of 12 complete the vaccination, while this figure drops to just over 34% in the 5-11 age group.
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China: Covid leads to unprecedented drop in imports since 2020
At its lowest level since 2020, China’s imports unexpectedly fell in March. China, the country affected by Covid-19 and also the first to emerge, has been supplying large volumes abroad for the last two years, mainly by purchasing raw materials and agricultural products from there, to support its recovery. But the Asian giant is facing the worst outbreak of the entire epidemic in recent weeks: millions of people have been hastily imprisoned, especially in the economic capital, Shanghai. Travel restrictions strain supply chains in 25 million cities.
The port metropolis is an important entry and exit point for goods in China. As a result, China released mixed trade figures for March on Wednesday. Customs said imports fell 0.1% year-on-year last month. This unexpected drop is the first since August 2020, when the Asian giant slowly recovered from the first wave of the pandemic. As for exports from China, they’ve experienced a slowdown: China’s sales abroad definitely increased by 14.7% in a year in March. However, this rate is lower than the sum of January and February, which is the only data published later (16.3%).