155,711 new cases, 221 deaths in 24 hours in French hospitals

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

The end of mandatory masks in Spain and American transport, Shanghai cautiously relaxes some restrictions, Greece is ready to “coexist” with the virus … Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday, April 20.

25,179 patients hospitalized in France

According to figures released by Public Health France on Wednesday, 221 people have died from Covid in the last 24 hours. 25,179 patients (vs 25,276 on Monday) were hospitalized, 2,537 of which in 24 hours. 1677 patients are being treated in intensive care, against 1681 the previous day. In addition, 155,711 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate is 31.9%.

End of mandatory masks indoors in Spain

Thanks to the improvement in health status since Wednesday, Spaniards can drop their masks indoors as well as in shopping malls, apart from public transport, hospitals and nursing homes. This measure has been in effect since May 20, 2020, and Spain was one of the few countries that has not yet lifted it. According to a survey conducted on a sample of 500 people on Monday and Tuesday and published on Wednesday by the daily newspaper El PaisAlmost half (48.5%) of Spaniards still “uncomfortable or not comfortable at all” Faced with the expiration of mandatory masks indoors, 54 percent consider this measure early.

Removal of mask wearing requirement on certain means of transportation in the United States

The mask has become optional for passengers, as well as for employees on American planes, Uber vehicles, and most public transport in the United States. Washington last week decided to extend the requirement to wear masks on public transport until at least May 3. But on Monday, a federal judge ruled that health officials had overstepped their prerogatives and reversed the decision, urging the Transportation Safety Agency (TSA) to lift the requirement. It didn’t take long for the new orders to fall.

The country’s major airlines, which mostly made masks mandatory in the spring of 2020, stepped down the restriction on Monday evening, followed by rail company Amtrak. VTC companies Uber and Lyft followed suit Tuesday morning. The mask is currently valid on the New York subway and buses. And the authority that oversees New York airports didn’t immediately announce any changes.

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Greece ready to “live together” with Covid, according to Health Minister

“After two years of pandemic, we find ourselves in a different management phase (…) of coexisting with the virus”Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced at a press conference. He said new cases and hospitalizations in intensive care hospitals have decreased, with 85% of Greek adults vaccinated. Greece, whose economy depends on tourism for about a quarter of its gross domestic product (GDP), abolished mandatory screening tests for travelers with EU vaccination certificates in February. In addition, as of May 1, there will be no need to present a vaccination card in restaurants, bars and shops, and as of June 1, the obligation to wear masks in closed areas will be eliminated. The government stated that these measures will be reviewed by 1 September depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

China: Shanghai cautiously eases some restrictions

The city of Shanghai, which has been completely closed since the beginning of the month, loosened some restrictions on Wednesday, which has punished supply and put a heavy strain on the Chinese economy, despite the rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths. Shanghai’s 25 million residents, with more than 400,000 infections reported since the beginning of March, are in principle subject to strict house arrest. But the city hall said on Wednesday that some rules have been relaxed since last week. More than 12 million people can technically leave their homes this way, but they must remain within the confines of their residence or neighborhood, he said.

Theoretically, residents of neighborhoods who have not reported any cases in the past 14 days can move freely. Shanghai reported seven additional deaths in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the metropolis to 17. Seven deaths concern people suffering from pathologies such as lung cancer or diabetes, and five of them were over 70 years old. The city also reported more than 18,000 cases Wednesday.

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Mozambique eases health measures

Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi announced the end of the state on Wednesday. “public disaster”A set of measures taken in 2020 to limit the spread of Covid-19. “13.7 million Mozambicans have full vaccination coverage against Covid-19”In a speech quoted by government media, 90% of the vaccine targeted group welcomed Felipe Nyusi. About half of the 31 million Mozambicans are therefore fully vaccinated; this is well above the average for the African continent, but exceeds 15.8%, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A total of 225 thousand 338 Kovid cases were recorded in the country, including 2 thousand 201 deaths. Thus, wearing masks in all closed places, public and semi-public transport continues to be mandatory, but is no longer mandatory in open places. Travelers entering the country are still required to present proof of vaccination or test negative, and people who test positive for Covid-19 are kept in isolation for seven days instead of fifteen until then.