stable hospitalizations, reduced contaminations

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

Recorded contaminations fell for more than a week, while the number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 remained stable this Saturday, still above 32,000, according to figures released in the evening by health officials. Vaccination is now mandatory in Austria. Le Figaro On Sunday, January 30, he reviews the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.

Stable hospitalizations

According to Public Health France, there are currently 32,867 patients in hospital (including 1,816 admissions in the last 24 hours) with a Covid diagnosis, compared with 32,988 on Friday and 31,282 a week ago. Intensive care services received 3,606 patients (including 225 admissions), versus 3,618 on Friday and 3,634 a week ago.

The number of new cases rose to 214,542 against 241,049 the previous day. On average over seven days, 256,329 cases were recorded daily, a sharp drop from 345,491 recorded a week ago, which seems to confirm that the peak of contamination has passed.

The worst is behind us»

The now dominant Omicron variant causes less severe forms of Covid, which shortens hospital stays and reduces the risk of going to intensive care. To believe”the worst is behind usFor this fifth wave of the Covid epidemic, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Wednesday that the rules for receiving a vaccine pass have been relaxed: two doses and one can be taken after a Covid-19 infection. The government began lifting restrictions on the French on Wednesday, ending the wearing of masks outside, measuring instruments in public places or forced remote work.

At school, given a decline in indicators, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer assured Friday that the Covid-linked health protocol in schools should be eased after the February holidays. According to figures from the ministry, there are currently 16,836 classrooms closed compared to more than 20,000 classrooms last week, and 410,000 cases of Covid were detected among students over the cumulative 7 days (570,000 contaminations last week).

80% of the French population vaccinated

54,083,440 people received at least one injection (80.2% of the total population) and 52,894,949 people were fully vaccinated (78.5% of the population). Since the start of the support campaign, 36,531,185 people have been dosed with support.

Austria: Mandatory vaccination

Austrians over the age of 18 must be vaccinated against Covid-19 from Saturday under the penalty of heavy fines, an unprecedented measure in the European Union.

The law, which took effect on Saturday, is the culmination of a process that began in November amid the rapid spread of the pandemic in Austria, where the vaccination rate is still below levels observed in other European countries. France or Spain.

Turkish President Covid positive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that he tested positive for Kovid-19 without serious symptoms. HE IS “mild infection” East “Due to the Omicron variantThe 67-year-old president tweeted.

Hong Kong infection record

“Despite its policy, Hong Kong registered a record number of new daily Covid-19 cases on covid‘, officials announced.

Based on the current case growth rate, facilities“quarantine”won’t be able to soonHealth Minister Sophia Chan said they will accommodate all patients who need to self-isolate.

Talks between WHO and China

Visiting Beijing for the Winter Olympics, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss Covid-19, in particular the still stalled investigation into the origins of the pandemic.

We also discussed the need for closer cooperation.” to discover “origins of the virus based on science and evidence“Tedros Adhanom tweeted Ghebreyesus.

Pollution boom in French Polynesia

The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in French Polynesia in the past seven days has quadrupled in one week, according to figures released Friday by the local Department of Health.

It listed 579 active cases on 28 January versus 2,080 on 4 February. The incidence rate now stands at 753 per 100,000 people, compared to 317 per 100,000 the previous week.

US death toll exceeds 900,000

The US surpassed 900,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, according to the report from Johns Hopkins University. Just a month and a half ago, the country crossed the 800,000 death mark in mid-December. Cases linked to the Omicron variant have now declined, but the daily death toll continues to rise, currently with an average of 2,400 deaths per day, according to data from health officials.

More than 5.7 million dead

The pandemic has officially killed more than 5,723 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Saturday. In absolute terms, the US is ahead of the country with the most deaths (901,391), Brazil (630,494), India (501,114) and Russia (334,743).

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.