UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new assessments and highlights: Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cases of re-infection of Covid-19 “not rare“According to Public Health France in France, the pandemic continues to decline in the world, six African countries will produce the RNA vaccine… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 outbreak on Friday, February 18.
273 people died in 24 hours, 29,194 people were hospitalized
The epidemic continues in France. According to Public Health France, 273 people have died from Covid in France in the last 24 hours. Since the previous day, 29,194 patients, including 1,795, have been hospitalized. 2,970 patients are being treated in intensive care units – 196 of them arrived this Friday. If we observe a downward trend in hospitalized Covid patients, intensive care and the number of contaminations, the death toll remains stable.
cases of re-infection”not rare ” in France
Cases of re-infection with Covid-19”not rarePublic Health France noted on Friday in France, particularly in the context of the outbreak of contamination due to the Omicron variant. We’re talking about re-infection when the first episode of Covid is followed by a second with two different strains of the virus, he told the health agency during a press briefing.
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The initial study on samples from January 1, 2021 to January 27, 2022 showed 416,995 possible cases of reinfection for people who had two positive tests at least 60 days apart. This represents 2.8% of confirmed cases during the period studied. Two categories were more affected: young adults aged 18 to 40, and healthcare workers, possibly reflecting greater exposure to risk or less adoption of preventative measures.
“The overwhelming majority of reported possible reinfections occurred during the fifth wave of Covid-19.” has observed an SPF of 384,375 counts since the beginning of December 2021. Based on available and interpretable screening results, the highly contagious Omicron variant appears to be involved in 79% of all possible reinfection cases.
The epidemic continued to subside worldwide this week
The Covid-19 outbreak continued its sharp decline this week. With 1.97 million contaminations recorded each day worldwide, the indicator is falling sharply for the third week in a row (-22% compared to the previous week) after fifteen weeks of gains, according to an AFP report that was discontinued on Thursday.
This week, most regions of the world are seeing their situation improve: -43% in the United States/Canada region, -35% in the Middle East, -23% in Europe and Latin America/Caribbean and -22% in Africa.
On the other hand, New Zealand recorded the biggest acceleration of the week (+239% compared to the previous week, 900 new cases daily), Hong Kong (+192%, 1.800), Malaysia (+111), 22.100%), Vietnam (+78). %, 32,200) and South Korea (+66%, 65,800).
Globally, the daily death toll is starting to decline (-7%, 10,355 deaths per day) after five consecutive weeks of acceleration.
Novavax’s vaccine could convince the hesitant, according to lab
The management of the American company, which is expected to have the first doses of the serum in France in the coming days, said that Novavax’s Kovid-19 vaccine can convince people who are hesitant to get vaccinated.
Unlike Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, Novavax’s vaccine, which does not use messenger RNA technology, “It is an option that may convince some who are hesitant to take their first dose.“Estimated by AFP Silvia Taylor, world director of American biotechnology.”Primary vaccination is still important“While the vaccination rate remains very low in many countries of the world, he also underlined this.
Six African countries to produce RNA vaccine
Six African countries have been selected to host the production of their own messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, as the first beneficiaries of WHO’s global program to produce these vaccines. South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have been selected by the World Health Organization to enable the African continent, which is suffering from limited access to vaccines against Covid-19, to produce their own vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but also for other diseases.
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Relaxation of restrictions in South Korea
South Korean authorities announced the relaxation of anti-Covid restrictions on Friday, fearing enormous economic damage if they are kept as they are, even as the country has crossed the 100,000-day case limit for the first time.
Arrests in Canada
Canadian police announced on Friday that they have arrested 70 protesters since the start of their large-scale operation to clear the streets of Ottawa, which has been paralyzed by protesters against sanitary measures for three weeks. A challenge to have nothing anymorepeacefulCrying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For the first time since the movement’s inception, groups of police have positioned en masse on the streets of Ottawa against protesters and hundreds of trucks blocking the streets.
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Hong Kong will test all its residents
Facing the worst Covid-19 outbreak in two years, Hong Kong officials announced on Friday that all 7.5 million residents of the city will be subject to mandatory testing and the next local chief executive appointment has been postponed.
“One of the measures we have prepared and prepared very seriously is the mandatory universal screening. So we will test everyone in Hong KongChief Executive Officer Carrie Lam said at a press conference, “critical situation” in the city. In mainland China, mass population testing is routine and the authorities’ “zero covidThis causes them to imprison entire cities for weeks.
But Carrie Lam refused to limit Hong Kong, which is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and difficult to implement in a city where housing is often cramped and shared.
More than 5.8 million dead worldwide
The pandemic has officially killed more than 5,860,577 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report by AFP. In absolute terms, the US is ahead of the country with the most deaths (931,741), Brazil (641,902), India (510,905) and Russia (343,957). The countries where the epidemic caused the most damage, reported to the population, are Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Hungary and North Macedonia. WHO estimates that the impact of the pandemic could be two to three times greater than officially determined, taking into account the excess mortality rate directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.
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