Status update – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro assesses the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Possible lifting of recent restrictions in France, Beijing closing dozens of metro stations, South Africa facing two new subtypes of Omicron… le Figaro Provides an update on Wednesday, May 4th on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
22,319 patients were transferred to hospitals in France
The pressure on hospitals continues to ease in France, according to data from the French public health authority. In total, French hospitals had 22,319 patients with Covid on Wednesday, compared to 22,849 the day before. Among them, 1,465 cases were admitted to intensive care, including 98 admissions in the past 24 hours. The horrific number of the epidemic continues: 102 must-have deaths in hospitals in the past 24 hours. Also 47,925 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in the past 24 hours, compared to 67,017 the day before. The test positive rate was 23.7%.
‘Adjustments’ to health restrictions are expected in ‘coming weeks’ in France
At the end of the cabinet meeting, government spokesman Gabriel Attal indicated that the health situation is fine ‘Big improvement’ in the country. In fact, the daily number of infections has fallen below the maximum of 50,000 cases per day on average, the first since December 2021. This improvement”Will lead to adjustments in the coming weeks. Emmanuel Macron said, on Wednesday, that the procedures are in place. But the head of state did not give further details. Most of the restrictions imposed to combat Covid have already been lifted. The obligation to wear a mask during transport, isolation after a positive test, and the obligation to vaccinate for caregivers remains mandatory.
Beijing closes dozens of subway stations, extends restrictions
China, largely spared for two years, has faced its worst outbreak in recent weeks since the spring of 2020, undermining its zero-Covid strategy. Residents of Beijing, where 51 new cases were reported on Wednesday, fear that their city, like Shanghai, China’s largest city of 25 million, where most cases have been recorded, will be locked down. Beijing Metro announced the closure of about 60 stations on Wednesday, or about 18% of the network, many of which are located near confined areas, according to its WeChat page. “The entrances and exits of the station will be closed .. but (linear) changes can be made inside the stations”, Define opinion.
In Beijing, apartment complexes where pollution was identified have been closed to prevent residents from leaving. Municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian told reporters on Wednesday that the capital will do so “temporarily extended” Restrictions, including banning restaurants and closing entertainment venues and sports clubs. Officials initially said the restrictions would expire at the end of the Labor Day holiday on Thursday. Authorities appear to be easing some rules, with Xu Hejian saying that people arriving in Beijing from abroad will be required to observe a 10-day supervised quarantine and one week of home isolation, down from the previous 21 days of quarantine.
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South Africa: Two new subspecies of Omicron at the origin of the Covid peak
«Les scientifiques sud-africains qui ont identifié Omicron à la fin de l’année dernière ont maintenant signalé deux autres sous-variants d’Omicron, BA.4 et BA.5, comme étant à l’origine de cas’un pic In South Africa”This was stated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference. “It is too soon to know if these new subvariants can cause more severe forms of the disease than other Omicron subvariants.”but preliminary data indicate that the vaccine continues to provide good protection against severe forms of Covid and reduce the risk of death, he said.
The Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) warned at the end of April that South Africa, the country officially hit hardest on the continent by the Covid-19 virus, was entering a new wave of the pandemic. The country, where less than 45% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, experienced a 48-hour period in early March without any Covid-related deaths, the first since 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in early April the lifting of all legal restrictions related to the pandemic. “The best way to protect the population is vaccination, combined with well-proven social and public health measures,” Note Dr. Tedros.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tested positive for COVID-19
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, with ‘mild symptoms’, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. he goes “Self-isolation at home” And work by default, his spokesperson Ned Price added in a statement, stressing that he does not have “did not see” Joe Biden since then “several days”. He added that therefore the President of the United States is not considered in close contact.
In response to a question from the press, Ned Price then clarified that a keynote speech on the Biden government’s China policy that Anthony Blinken was scheduled to give on Thursday, was postponed indefinitely. The foreign minister was scheduled to attend international meetings abroad next week. “He looks forward to returning to the State Department and resuming all of his assignments and travels as soon as possible,” he said. Spokesperson only said.