Hong Kong plans tight containment

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 end of the mask in places subject to vaccine pass in France, Hong Kong is considering a strict quarantine, New Zealand is slowly reopening its borders… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, February 28.

End of mask in places subject to vaccine pass in France

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask from Monday in places subject to vaccine transit (museums, cinemas, restaurants, etc.) in France, with health restrictions further relaxed as the pandemic waned sharply in the country. However, it remains mandatory in transport, such as by train or plane, where transit is also required.

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The Philippines lifts most restrictions…

The government has announced that the Philippines will lift most of the Covid-19 virus-related restrictions in March in the capital, Manila, and 38 other regions, after a sharp drop in infections and an increase in the number of people vaccinated. Businesses, government agencies and public transport will be allowed to operate at full capacity when the city of thirteen million people is placed on the lowest alert level on 1 March.

… as Hong Kong considers strict containment

Hong Kong may impose a strict quarantine against the coronavirus with a stay-at-home requirement, as in China, officials announced Monday as the financial center saw bodies piling up in hospitals due to lack of space in morgues.

Two-year policyzero covidIt largely contained the coronavirus, but the arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant exposed the flaws in the city’s healthcare system and lack of preparedness for a mass epidemic. Hong Kong has recorded 193,000 cases and 636 deaths in the last two months, compared to 12,000 cases and 205 deaths in the early years of the pandemic.

New Zealand is slowly reopening its borders

New Zealanders stranded abroad due to the pandemic returned home with tears and hugs on Monday as the country began lifting some of the world’s toughest border health restrictions.

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Easing health restrictions in Saint-Martin

The governor of Saint-Martin announced that various health restrictions, especially the measures applied to public institutions, have been lifted from Monday on this Caribbean island, where the Covid-19 epidemic has slowed significantly.

The closing time of bars and restaurants has been postponed from 01:00 to 02:00, customers can be accommodated here without restriction, and nightclubs have reopened their tracks. “There have been no other Covid patients in the Saint-Martin hospital for ten days. So no more hospital pressure“, vindicated governor Serge Gouteyron in front of the press on Friday. The latest figures show 55 cases of Covid-19 detected in the region last week, versus 68 the previous week.

About 6 million dead worldwide

The pandemic has officially killed at least 5,945,445 people out of more than 433 million confirmed contaminations worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report by AFP at noon on Monday. The USA is the country with the most deaths (948,397), ahead of Brazil (649,134) and India (513,843).

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.