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US News Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

09:35  04 march  2021
09:35  04 march  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: A French tourist infected with the South African variant

 Coronavirus in Costa Rica: A French tourist infected with the South African variant The WHO has however tempered by explaining that this strain of virus is not more serious than the original © Pixabay Illustration of a test coronavirus. PANDEMIC - The WHO, however, tempered by explaining that this strain of virus is not more serious than the original The South African variant of coronavirus was detected on a Frenchman belonging to a group of 20 tourists declared positive for Covid-19 during their stay in Costa Rica .

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N new measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.

Gradual easing in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday evening accepted a gradual unlocking of the anti-Covid system in Germany, yielding to growing discontent in public opinion and within her own government seven months before the legislative elections.

The country will also authorize the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 65 years of age.

Biden urges caution

President Joe Biden strongly criticized Wednesday the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions in some American states, a controversy called to find echoes in other countries when they have managed to obtain the precious vaccines.

Coronavirus: More than 25,000 new cases and 261 deaths in 24 hours

 Coronavirus: More than 25,000 new cases and 261 deaths in 24 hours The number of patients in intensive care remained at a high level Thursday © JM HAEDRICH / SIPA Coronavirus: More than 25,000 new cases and 261 deaths in 24 hours (Illustration ) EPIDEMIC - The number of patients in intensive care remained at a high level Thursday The numbers of hospitalizations for Covid-19 and patients in intensive care remained at high levels on Thursday, even if the number of contaminations decreased compared to the day before , according to data from Public Health France (

"The last thing we need is a prehistoric reasoning which affirms that all is well now, + take off your masks +, + forget all that +", launched the Democratic president, faithful to the message of caution which he hammers on the subject of the pandemic.

Spain crosses the threshold of 70,000 dead

Spain crossed the 70,000 dead mark on Wednesday, after having experienced the deadliest month of Covid-19 since the first wave, but indicators show that the health situation has improves, especially in retirement homes, where the first vaccines were injected.

France: return to normal "mid-April"?

The French government hopes "for a return to a more normal life (...) perhaps as early as mid-April", even if by then "weeks of heavy weather will take place", declared its spokesperson Gabriel Attal, specifying that Prime Minister Jean Castex will hold a press conference on Thursday.

Covid-19. Anne Hidalgo opposed to a reconfinement of Paris on the weekend

 Covid-19. Anne Hidalgo opposed to a reconfinement of Paris on the weekend © Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AFP Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, here on February 19. The socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo expressed, on Monday March 1, her opposition to the hypothesis of confinement of the capital at the weekend. A decision that would be "inhuman" according to her. At the end of last week, the city hall of Paris hypothesized to reconfine the capital for three weeks.

AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors in Belgium

Video: Even tougher health measures in Europe, but good news on the vaccine side (Dailymotion)

AstraZeneca vaccine will finally be administered to people over 55 in Belgium, allowing the authorities to "immediately start" the anti-Covid vaccination of the elderly, Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke announced on Wednesday evening.

Greece extends its confinement

Greece announced that the confinement would be extended again until March 16 and would be accompanied by even more restrictive measures, as the country is going through the "hardest period of the pandemic".

First seizures of fake vaccines

About 2,400 doses of fake vaccines were seized in South Africa, while a network of counterfeit vaccines was dismantled in China, Interpol said, warning that it was only "the tip of the iceberg".

Budget support in the EU

Brussels suggested maintaining in 2022 the suspension of the strict budgetary discipline rules imposed on member states since March 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: 379 deaths in 24 hours in France

 Coronavirus: 379 deaths in 24 hours in France The number of deaths, like that of intensive care admissions, is on the rise © FRED SCHEIBER / SIPA Coronavirus: 379 deaths in 24 hours in France (Illustration) EPIDEMIC - The number of deaths, like that of admissions in intensive care, is on the rise In twenty-four hours, 379 patients of coronavirus died in hospital, according to data from Public Health France released on Monday. A rising figure, like that of patients admitted to intensive care, which has risen above the 3,500 mark.

More than 60,000 dead in Colombia

The death toll of the coronavirus epidemic in Colombia exceeded 60,000 on Wednesday, announced the Ministry of Health, one year after the appearance of the virus in this country on March 6, 2020.

Global impact on childhood cancer

Decrease in diagnoses, even interruption of treatment: the Covid pandemic has had a negative impact on the services that treat childhood cancer around the world, in particular in the less wealthy countries , according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

Protective South African variant?

A preliminary study carried out in South Africa tends to show that people infected with the South African variant of the coronavirus have better immunity to other mutations in the virus, experts announced on Wednesday.

More than 2.5 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 2.54 million people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday in the middle of the day.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 519,064 deaths, followed by Brazil (259,271) with a new 24-hour record announced Wednesday (1,910 dead), Mexico (187,187), India (157,346) and the United Kingdom (123,296).

These figures based on daily reports from health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases, are generally underestimated.

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Coronavirus in Australia: Half-price plane tickets to boost tourism .
Some 800,000 tickets to remote regions will be offered from April © Dinendra Haria / Shutters / SIPA A Qantas airline CRISE - Some 800,000 tickets to remote areas will be offered from April Almost a million Australians will be able to fly at half price to discover the immense island-continent as part of a government plan to revive domestic tourism . An announcement that comes at a time when international borders remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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