UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The symbolic milestone of 10 million first injections was crossed Thursday in France, when the AstraZeneca vaccine continues to raise questions: abroad, different regulations are adopted to reserve the vaccine for a certain fringe of its population, more or less elderly. Le Figaro takes stock of the latest information related to Covid-19 this Friday, April 9.
- France: 10 million first doses
France exceeded the 10 million first injections on Thursday, a symbolic bar but still very far from total protection against the epidemic. The Covid-19 continues to fill the intensive care units: with 5,729 patients in total, the level is approaching the peak of the first wave (7,000 in April 2020).
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- Chile: more young people than elderly people in intensive care
Patients under 39 admitted to intensive care in Chile now outnumber those over 70, health officials said on Thursday, noting a “radical change” from the first wave of coronavirus.
- Iceland: vaccinated travelers will have to be tested
Iceland, which has allowed all travelers with a Covid-19 vaccination certificate to enter since the beginning of April without any other form of control, announced Thursday that they will now have to be tested on their arrival.
The Netherlands announced Thursday to limit injections of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people aged 60 and over, after suspending its use for younger people last week. Portugal also decided on Thursday to reserve AstraZeneca’s anti-Covid vaccine for people over 60. Australia has suspended AstraZeneca injections to people under 50 following reports confirming a link to rare cases of blood clots. The Philippines has decided to do the same for those under 60. Spain, on the other hand, decided to extend the use of this vaccine to 60-69 year olds after having reserved it for 60-65 year olds.
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- Japan: new anti-Covid restrictions before the Olympics
Japanese authorities were preparing to strengthen measures against the coronavirus in Tokyo on Friday, less than three weeks after the lifting of the state of emergency in the capital and just over 100 days before the Olympics. The Tokyo-2020 Olympics, delayed for a year due to the pandemic, are due to open on July 23 in the Japanese capital where infections had decreased thanks to the state of emergency but where they are on the rise since the restrictions were lifted on March 21. The new measures provide for the closure of restaurants and bars at 8 p.m., on pain of fines for recalcitrant companies.
- Africa on the sidelines of vaccinations, according to the WHO
Africa remains “on the sidelines” in the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, with only “2% of vaccines administered in the world”, lamented Thursday the director for Africa of the World Health Organization ( WHO). This continent is however less affected by the pandemic, with 4.3 million cases including 114,000 deaths out of a population of 1.2 billion inhabitants, according to the latest WHO-Africa count.
- Vaccine shortage in India
India, where 87 million doses of the vaccine have so far been administered for a population of 1.3 billion, faces a shortage, local media say as the number of infections has reached a new daily record. Mumbai’s main vaccination centers were notably short of doses on Thursday, and the huge general hospital completely halted injections.
- Sputnik V: bilateral discussions in Germany
While the Russian vaccine continues to cause controversy, Germany announced on Thursday that it wanted to discuss possible deliveries of the Sputnik V vaccine with Moscow, without waiting for the green light from Brussels. In the evening, Moscow indicated that these discussions had started.
- Maritime transport: return to normal not for a year
The return to normalcy in the global supply chain, very disrupted by the pandemic and suffering from delays and rising prices, could take a year to resolve, estimated Thursday the President of the American Central Bank (Fed) Jerome Powell .
- UK businesses skeptical of vaccine passport
Many British companies, especially in distribution and catering, are skeptical of the idea put forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a vaccine passport to help the economic recovery in the United Kingdom.
- More than 2.89 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 2.89 million people worldwide. The United States is the country with the most deaths (559,117), ahead of Brazil (340,776) and Mexico (205,598), India (166,862) and the United Kingdom (126,927).