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.
In France, the indicators remain stable, while the British health authorities warn about the transmissibility of the Delta variant (new name of the Indian variant).
- Stabilization of the number of hospitalized patients
The number of patients in hospital and in intensive care units has remained stable over the past 24 hours, according to data released Sunday 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 welcomed 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. In the last 24 hours, 25 patients have died in hospital bringing the total death toll to at least 110,027 since the start of the epidemic in March 2020. The number of contaminations stands at 5,070 confirmed cases in 24 hours against 6,654 the Eve.
- 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.
- Israel launches vaccination campaign for 12-16 year olds
Israel extended the Covid-19 vaccination campaign to adolescents aged 12 to 16 on Sunday, despite a “possible link” between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and mild cases of myocarditis detected in young men.
- Taiwan: American vaccine donation
A delegation of three US senators landed in Taiwan on Sunday, announcing that Washington would give 750,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to its ally. Taiwan accuses China of hampering efforts to obtain vaccines as the island of 23.5 million faces a sudden coronavirus outbreak.
Golf: defending champion Rahm, positive, withdraws from Memorial Tournament
The Spaniard and defending champion Jon Rahm dominated the Memorial, counting for the North American Tour (PGA), after the third round on Saturday in Dublin (Ohio), but he immediately had to retire after having tested positive for Covid-19.
- More than 3.7 million deaths worldwide
The pandemic has killed more than 3,723,381 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday.
After the United States (597,377 dead), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (472,531), India (346,759), Mexico (228,754) and Peru (186,073).