91 dead in French hospitals, 1,564 patients in intensive care


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

The UK pays tribute to the victims of the pandemic, the nearly 840,000 vaccines against Kovid-19 in Kenya, New Zealand have expired and will loosen restrictions. Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday, March 23.

20,653 patients hospitalized in France

91 people died from Covid this Wednesday, according to the latest report from Public Health France. Pressure on hospitals eased slightly on Wednesday. 20,653 patients (vs 20,742 on Tuesday) are currently hospitalized, including 1,373 people who arrived in the last 24 hours. While the number of patients treated in intensive care units was 1,604 the previous day, 1,564 patients are receiving treatment.

Memorial for those who died from Covid-19 in the UK

The UK is commemorating the victims of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, two years after the initial quarantine, amid a new surge in cases. A minute’s silence was held at noon in the Scottish Parliament and in local communities, hospitals or vaccination centers across the country. Buildings across the country will also light up yellow, including the London skyscraper Gherkin, Glasgow station (Scotland), Belfast town hall (Northern Ireland) or the city centre, on the occasion of this memorial day organized by charity Marie Curie. Welsh Parliament.

Around 164,000 people have died in the UK in 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, one of the worst tolls in Europe. Covid-19 deaths “He will never leave our hearts and thoughts”Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who found himself in intensive care for three days in April 2020, said that he had caught Kovid-19. Since the beginning of March, the number of cases in the country has started to rise again, approaching 100,000 a day, especially in Scotland, while the number of hospitalized patients (2,221) broke a record two days in a row on Tuesday.

Shanghai fears a ‘panic’ as Covid-19 rises

Shanghai City Hall called for calm on Wednesday. “panic” It was caused by an increase in Covid-19 cases in China’s largest city. Several areas of China’s economic capital have already been quarantined, but many residents fear a general quarantine and have started to stockpile food. China has been experiencing the most serious Covid outbreak for several days since the first wave in early 2020, promptly triggered by the authorities.

Shocked by the Omicron strain, the Asian giant reported more than 5,000 new cases of contamination Wednesday, a minimum figure on a global scale, but significant for the country that is officially following a zero Covid strategy. Shanghai alone accounts for one-fifth of the last 24-hour total and with 981 new cases, nearly all but four are asymptomatic. Residents’ unease grew after the announcement that at least two indoor stadiums would be turned into quarantine centers, raising fears about more radical measures such as the city’s general incarceration of 25 million people.

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Moderna will seek permission to vaccinate children between the ages of six months and six years

US biotech company Moderna said Wednesday it will seek approval for the Covid vaccine in children aged six months to six years after trials showed the injections were safe and produced strong response immunity. Two doses of 25 micrograms given to children this age produced antibody levels similar to those achieved with two doses of 100 micrograms in youths aged 18 to 25 years. Results “Good news for parents with children under the age of six”Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said in a statement. “We now have clinical data on the performance of our vaccine in children aged six months to older adults.”

Nearly 840,000 Covid-19 vaccines expired in Kenya

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that about 840,000 vaccines against Kovid-19, which Kenya received with donations, have expired. In the statement made by the ministry, it was stated that these are AstraZeneca vaccines received through the global Covax initiative. “Any expired dose represents a missed opportunity to save a life” added. About 30% of the targeted population in Kenya has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but vaccination has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

In particular, the ministry says second-dose administration has dropped significantly, with some Kenyans rejecting certain vaccines, notably AstraZeneca. It also notes that the affected vaccines were delivered in January, with an expiration date of February 28. “From now on, Kenya will only accept vaccine donations that have a shelf life of at least four months at the time of delivery.” continues the text.

New Zealand to ease health restrictions

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday she predicts New Zealand will ease health restrictions this week after the number of cases peaked, and that the population is largely immune. Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday that the limits of outdoor gatherings will be lifted and sporting events and concerts will be allowed to continue without restriction. He added that the vaccination card will no longer be mandatory from April 4, and most vaccination requirements for certain categories of workers will be removed.

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