Restriction in China raises fears of economic repercussions

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France steals the end of the mask, China is reshaped, Barack Obama is positive… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding Covid-19 on Monday, March 14.

France is coming to an end of the mask and the vaccine is passing

France lifted most of the anti-Covid restrictions on Monday. There is no longer any obligation to wear masks, except for transportation and health institutions. But companies can always decide to impose this on their employees. In France, the epidemic was in the decline phase when relief was announced by the government in early March. However, the daily number of cases started to rise again, rising above the seven-day average of 65,250 on Sunday, compared to 50,646 a week ago.

The end of necessity (mask) does not mean the end of caution. “, underlines Véran

During a trip to Sables-d’Olonne (Vendée), Health Minister Olivier Véran urged caution in the face of Covid-19, despite the removal of most health measures. “Taking off our masks today, no longer presenting the past, does not mean that we should stop being vigilant for ourselves or others.“, the minister recalled on the sidelines of the opening of an unscheduled care centre.

If the obligation to wear masks in stores and schools disappears as of Monday, it continues to wear masks in transportation and health institutions. Companies can always decide to impose this on their employees. “I urge French men and women to wear the mask under any circumstances that may expose themselves or those around them to the risk of contamination. The end of obligation does not mean the end of vigilance‘, said Olivier Veran.

Shenzhen in China was closed, factories were closed

The 17 million residents of Shenzhen, the tech hub of southern China, were on lockdown on Monday amid a record surge in Covid-19 cases, and restrictions were imposed in other major cities across the country, including Shanghai.

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier, suspended its operations in Shenzhen and shifted production to other sites. In Shanghai, China’s most populous metropolis, residential areas were cordoned off.

Authorities identified 2,300 new cases across the country on Monday. About 3,400 people were counted the day before, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic. While the number of cases remains low compared to other countries, it continues to be remarkable in China, which has implemented a zero tolerance policy since 2020.

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Thierry Breton, beware of the economic repercussions of the lockdown in China

In many cities of China, a sanitary quarantine decision was made, forcing factories to stop, “there will be repercussions“economic”if it takes“, predicted on Monday by European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton. China “It is in the process of restructuring all the companies in the Pearl River Delta, that is, between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, where you have almost the largest sectors of economic activity and especially the electronics sectors.“He continued.”Obviously we will have a stop in the value chains and if it continues automatically there will be repercussions.“.

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Barack Obama and Greek Prime Minister positive

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that the Covid-19 test was positive the day after his visit to Turkey, where he had lunch with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Former US President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he tested positive after mild symptoms but felt “good“.

More than 6 million dead worldwide

The pandemic has officially killed at least 6,041,660 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report by AFP. It is the country with the most deaths (967,552), ahead of the USA (967,552), Brazil (655,078), India (515,877) and Russia (361,344).

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.