UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The Delta variant more transmissible in the United Kingdom, being vaccinated as an argument for flirting, Israel vaccinates adolescents … An update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.
- In France, the number of patients in hospital stable
The number of patients in the hospital and in the intensive care units has remained stable over the past 24 hours, according to data released Sunday, June 6 by Public Health France. In total, 14,525 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalized against 14,532 the day before, and 16,775 a week earlier, specifies the health agency.
In 24 hours, 154 new patients were admitted to hospitals in France. The “critical care” services, which treat the most serious cases, received 52 new patients in 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid patients in real life to 2,527 patients. They were 2525 the day before. This crucial indicator had dropped back below 3,000 a week ago and has more than halved since its peak in late April, at the height of the third wave of the epidemic.
- The more transmissible Delta variant
The Delta variant, which threatens the lifting of the latest restrictions in the UK, is transmitted 40% more than the previously dominant Alpha variant in the UK, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.
Despite an increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in recent days, exceeding 5,000 or even 6,000 cases recorded daily, the number of hospitalizations remains stable, added Matt Hancock. The majority of hospitalizations concern patients who have not been vaccinated, he assured.
But the arrival of the Delta variant, first identified in April in India and now dominant in the United Kingdom, according to estimates, after a long winter confinement, threatens the lifting of the last restrictions hoped for on June 21.
- Being vaccinated, a new flirtation argument on apps
With great badges “I am vaccinated” or “I had my dose” on their profile, users of dating apps in the United Kingdom can in turn from Monday make their anti-Covid vaccine status an argument of seduction. Tinder users and others will be able to add their vaccine to their gear to please and if they show their support for the campaign. “Every vaccination gives us hope”, benefit from ammunition offered – like “Super like” – in the arsenal of the online dredge, in a country tested by months of winter confinement.
- Morocco: reopening of air borders from June 15
Morocco announced the reopening on Sunday «progressive» air borders from June 15, after months of suspension with some fifty countries, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two lists of countries have been established with different access rules: list A includes “All countries with positive indicators” including those of the European Union, while list B concerns 74 countries with “A spread of variants or the absence of precise statistics on the epidemiological situation”, among which India, Algeria, Argentina or South Africa.
- Israel launches vaccination for adolescents
Israel on Sunday extended the vaccination campaign to adolescents aged 12 to 16, despite a “Possible link” between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and mild cases of myocarditis detected in young men. About 55% of the Israeli population has been vaccinated with both doses, thanks to a massive vaccination campaign launched in late December after an agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
- Spain reopens its beaches to vaccinated tourists
Spain, the world’s second largest tourist destination, reopens its doors and beaches on Monday to vaccinated tourists in the hope of reviving a key sector of its economy, devastated by the pandemic. The major downside is that the country is still considered at risk by the United Kingdom, which imposes a quarantine on return to its nationals, which will dissuade them from coming to enjoy the Spanish sun.
“Spain is a safe destination”, said Health Minister Carolina Darias, saying the country was “On the way to regaining its global tourism leadership” as it saw arrivals plummet by 77% in 2020 after welcoming 83.5 million visitors in 2019.
- More than 3.7 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday in the middle of the day. After the United States (597,624 dead), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (473,404), India (346,759), Mexico (228,754) and Peru (186,073). These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.
By taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real toll is “Two to three times higher”.
- Football: Spain loses its captain Busquets, positive for Covid
FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, captain of the Spanish selection, left the group after testing positive for Covid-19, the Spanish Federation (RFEF) announced in a statement one week before the Euro. Busquets “Obtained a positive result in the last PCR test carried out this morning” by the players, according to the RFEF, which specifies that “The rest of the group have all tested negative.” The player, who “Left the group in a medical vehicle”, will have to remain in quarantine for ten days, according to the protocols of UEFA and the Spanish government.