98,735 new cases, 244 deaths in French hospitals

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

The reopening of nightclubs in France, the lifting of the foreseen restrictions in Germany, the end of vaccine transitions in Austria, the outbreak of cases in New Zealand and Hong Kong… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday, February 16.

More than 30,000 patients have been hospitalized in France, of which 3126 are in intensive care

According to Public Health France, the epidemic continues to decrease in France, where 244 people died from Covid in the last 24 hours. 30,578 patients were hospitalized on Wednesday versus 31,091 on Tuesday. 1975 patients were admitted in the last 24 hours. 3,126 patients are currently in intensive care, 207 of them since the previous day. The number of cases also fell as 98,735 contaminations were detected in the last 24 hours, versus 142,253 the previous day and 179,614 last Wednesday.

On the vaccine front, 38,187,820 people have been given booster doses in France. 54,176,336 people also received at least one injection (ie 80.4% of the total population) and 53,110,247 people have had a full vaccination schedule (ie 78.8% of the total population) since the start of the vaccination campaign, according to published figures Wednesday by Public Health France.

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France reopens nightclubs

From this Wednesday in France you will be allowed again to dance in the disco, have a drink at the bar or attend a standing concert. Belgium waits Friday and Germany until March 4 to reopen clubs and nightclubs, while France, which hopes to near the end of the fifth wave after surge due to the Omicron variant, will allow those establishments that have been closed since December 10 to host the party. . Again.

Olivier Véran contemplates the end of the mask

“This Wednesday, February 16, Health Minister Olivier Véran has predicted the end of indoor mask-wearing for adults and children.”mid March“If the circulation of the virus passes on this date, in addition to the discount in vaccination”too weak“. “We can start to drastically mitigate the vaccine pass-through device, maybe not all in one block, maybe we’ll keep the end-March measures early-April.“, he continued. The Minister said, “keep (the mask) in very risky places like discotheques and it would be there until the end of March, beginning of April.“.

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Germany gradually lifts restrictions

Germany, past the peak of Covid-19 infections, will begin lifting restrictions, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday. Europe’s leading economic powerhouse is to embark on a three-stage easing plan aimed at eliminating it.r “most of the restrictions currently in effect” The German Chancellor called for continuing to wear masks until March 20 at a press conference. “The epidemic is not over”

End of vaccination card and curfew in Austria

“As of March 5, most of the restrictions that people complain about will be lifted”Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said at a press conference in Vienna. You no longer need to show your vaccination card at the entrance of hotels, restaurants, concerts and sporting events. The curfew was also lifted. In the Alpine country, no additional regular antigenic and PCR tests are required. It is produced free of charge, “To Be Evaluated”, underlining the conservative official, reminded the high costs. It will also be possible to wear the FFP2 mask, which is now mandatory in Austria, everywhere except transport, supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals.

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Return to normal in Switzerland

Two years after the first Kovid case in Switzerland, the country is preparing to return to a certain normality with the lifting of almost all measures, following in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. After its meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Council (government) announced that until the end of March, masks and patients were isolated for 5 days only in public transport and health institutions.

From midnight onwards, access to shops, restaurants, cultural institutions, public institutions and events is still possible without a mask or a Covid certificate. Apart from public transportation and health institutions, the recommendation to wear masks and work from home has also been repealed. This also eliminates the need to obtain permits for large events, restrictions on private gatherings, as well as capacity restrictions in retail stores and chairlifts.

UK to vaccinate children aged 5-11

Local authorities responsible for health announced that the UK will open the coronavirus vaccination program for children aged 5-11. After Wales on Tuesday, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland announced on Wednesday the extension of the vaccination program in turn.

After the British health products regulator MHRA approved the Pfizer vaccine for this age range, it is following the recommendations of the committee responsible for advising local governments (British, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish) on vaccines. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be able to be vaccinated under a program that starts in April.“Increase protection against possible next waves of Covid-19 as you learn to live with the virus”Sajid Javid, the British Health Minister responsible for the UK, said.

New case record in New Zealand

New Zealand recorded a record number of infections on Wednesday (1,160 new cases). Inspired by self-proclaimed “freedom convoys” Canadians, anti-vaccination protesters continue to block the streets around Parliament in Wellington. They are glad that the police, who hardened their voices on Tuesday evening, were unable to dislodge them.

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Xi Jinping urges Hong Kong to take action

Chinese President Xi Jinping appealed to Hong Kong officials. “all necessary precautions” To control an unprecedented wave of pollution with the Omicron variant, pro-Beijing Hong Kong newspapers reported on Wednesday. This statement comes a day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to take full control of the city, as happened in China.

Netherlands: An investigation criticizes the government’s management of the pandemic

In this report released Wednesday, the independent Dutch Bureau of Security Investigation (OVV) said the government’s lack of comprehensive planning shows it is obsessed with tackling the virus, failing to take into account its wider impact on society. Authorities stuck with hospitals and failed to protect the economy, education, culture, and especially nursing homes, where patients were unleashed. “a silent disaster”According to OVV.

“There is a lot of room for improvement”OVV chairman, former finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented the 300-page report. “The Netherlands has proven vulnerable”, According to Jeroen Dijsselbloem. The Netherlands, with a population of 17 million, has recorded 5.8 million cases and 21,414 Covid-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. 86.3% of the adult population in the country has been vaccinated.

The report further criticizes infectious disease expert Jaap van Dissel, head of the government’s pandemic management team, for his stance on the mask. The Netherlands introduced the requirement for widespread use of masks much later than many other European countries. In 2020 Jaap van Dissel said it was a choice “Politics” rather than scientific.

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Babies of well-protected vaccinated mothers

Babies born to mothers vaccinated during pregnancy are about 60% less likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19, according to a new American study published Tuesday. Researchers believe that this protection is due specifically to the transfer of antibodies to the virus between a pregnant mother and her baby via the placenta.

Dominican Republic suspended all restrictions

President Luis Abinader announced the suspension of all restrictions on the coronavirus outbreak in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. “Measures such as the use of masks, access to all places in public places or the need to present a certificate of vaccination for restrictions are now the individual responsibility of each of us,” said the President.

The Caribbean country of 10.5 million people administered 15.1 million doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. According to official figures, approximately 55.7% of the population received two doses and 20.7% received three doses. The Dominican Republic has accumulated 570,636 Covid-19 cases and is grieving 4,351 deaths.

More than 5.8 million dead

The pandemic has officially killed more than 5,836,026 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday. In absolute terms, the US is ahead of the country with the most deaths (925,560), Brazil (639,689), India (509,872) and Russia (342,383).

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.