167 dead, 23,174 hospitalized patients 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.

With nearly all restrictions ending in France on March 14, Covid has had a significant impact on mental health, with nearly 6 million deaths worldwide, according to WHO. Le Figaro On Thursday, March 3, it provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

167 dead, 23,174 hospitalized patients in 24 hours

According to Public Health France, the Covid epidemic continues in France with 167 deaths in the last 24 hours. 23,174 patients are currently hospitalized, including 1,037 from the previous day. 2,231 patients are being treated in intensive care – 100 since Thursday. 60,225 new cases were detected.

France announced the end of almost all restrictions on March 14

Taking advantage of the development in the fight against Covid-19, Jean Castex was able to announce on Thursday that wearing masks outside of transportation has ended and the vaccination card has been suspended as of 14 March. The Prime Minister, invited to the TF1 newspaper, first spoke about the war in Ukraine, here “The situation on the ground is undeniably very negative.Before it came to the epidemic that plagued the lives of the French for more than two years.

from that side,the situation is improving thanks to our joint efforts, thanks to the measures we have taken‘ said Jean Castex. And ‘Conditions met for a new phase of relaxation of measuresIt will take effect a month before the first round of the presidential election, which will be held on April 10. “From Monday, March 14, we will suspend the application of the vaccination card wherever applicable.“he said. On the same date, “End of mandatory mask wearing wherever it still is” applied, “so rather inside“. “As of Monday, March 14, the obligation to wear masks in workplaces and classrooms will be eliminated.“, stated Matignon.

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The financial situation of companies and households “in the process of normalization” has been turned upside down by Covid

The financial situation of companies and French households devastated by the Covid-19 crisis”normalization wayAt the end of January 2022, the Banque de France said in its quarterly note published Thursday. “Emerging from 2021, and especially from the end of the year, is the exceptional period of 2020 and the beginning of the normalization of financial flows after the start of 2021.‘, at the height of the health crisis, summed up central bank chief executive Olivier Garnier during a press briefing.

Regarding companies, net debt outstanding for the full 2021 reached €1.027 billion at the end of December, from 995 billion at the end of 2020 and 990 billion at the end of 2019, shows Banque de France. During a more specific period covering the fourth quarter of 2021 and January 2022, “outstanding net debt increase“companies”It tends to return at a rate closer to its pre-Covid trend – about 4% per year on average over the previous two decades» notes the note.

WHO says Covid has a huge impact on mental health

WHO said mental health is one of the biggest victims of the Covid pandemic, with a more than 25% jump in cases of anxiety and depression worldwide.

In a new brief on the topic, the World Health Organization (WHO) also notes that the health crisis has significantly hampered access to mental health services in many cases, raising concerns about increased behavior. suicide.

WHO recommends Merck’s pill with conditions

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the anti-Covid pill of American Merck (MSD) for Covid 19 patients, especially the elderly, who still have a mild course but have a high risk of hospitalization. .

This treatment, called molnupiravir, is an antiviral that must be administered immediately after the onset of symptoms and must be taken for five days to prevent the virus from multiplying. Recommended for “non-severe Covid-19 patients at highest risk of hospitalizationA WHO international expert panel of international experts said in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Wednesday.

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More than 100,000 dead in Spain

The Ministry of Health announced that Spain has exceeded the bar of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 and that the health situation has improved very markedly after the wave caused by the Omicron variant. On Wednesday, the incidence rate stood at 486 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days, compared to 3,397 on 17 January. Just two years after the outbreak began, the country has registered more than 11 million cases in a country with a population of more than 47 million.

Hong Kong finally ruled out the limitation

Chief Executive Carrie Lam ruled out the possibility of a complete lockdown of Hong Kong as the city prepares to screen the entire population. The day before, other officials had ignored such an option, causing panicked locals to flock to supermarkets for supplies.

Authorities announced three rounds of PCR testing for each of the 7.4 million people during the month of March, more drastic social distancing measures than ever before, and a plan to isolate anyone infected, especially in prefabricated camps under construction with China’s help.

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Polynesia lifts vaccination requirement

In his speech in Papeete, the President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, announced that the obligation to vaccinate against Covid has ended in this overseas community, where about 80% of people over the age of 12 are vaccinated.

Since December 23, all people working in contact with the public have been obliged to have the Kovid-19 vaccine with a fine. This obligation is lifted as of March 3, excluding schools, socio-educational, medical-educational and health institutions. According to the Polynesian government’s health department, as of February 28, 79.6% of children over the age of 12 had received two doses of the vaccine. In this community of skills shared between France and the local government, the Republic’s High Commissioner on Tuesday eased other restrictions linked to the epidemic.

About 6 million dead worldwide

The pandemic has officially killed at least 5,962,297 people from more than 436 million confirmed contaminations worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a midday report by AFP. The USA is the country with the most deaths (954,316), ahead of Brazil (650,000), India (514,246) and Russia (353,230).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the impact of the pandemic could be two to three times greater than officially determined, taking into account the excess death rate directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.