“All cultural sectors” will be helped for the recovery, promises Roselyne Bachelot – Liberation

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published on May 4, 2021 at 8:17 a.m.

(updated at 12:59)


Roselyne Bachelot tries to reassure cultural professionals. “All sectors” cultural will be helped during the weeks of gradual reopening of cultural places, said the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, during a night session Monday at the National Assembly. “We won’t let anyone down“, Assured Roselyne Bachelot, who recognized that”the conditions for recovery will be, from an economic point of view, deteriorated», Especially with the curfew and limited gauges. The Minister clarified that “discussions with Bercy“Should”to be completed soon»In order to support the recovery with compensation funds for ticket offices and an extension of the assistance systems in place.


Thousands of people gathered in a religious procession in Pakistan. A massive rally, without social distancing measures: several thousand Shia Muslims took part in a religious procession on Tuesday in Lahore, in eastern Pakistan, even as the country is struggling to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. The Pakistani government had however banned any mass commemoration of the death of Imam Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and founding figure of Shiite Islam. This directive was not respected knowing that between 8,000 and 10,000 people, according to the authorities, gathered in Lahore, many without a mask.


When will the discos reopen? Invited by BFMTV on Tuesday, the Minister responsible for small and medium-sized enterprises justified himself on the absence of a date for the reopening of the discotheques, closed since March 2020. “Discos are closed places that have specificities since when we dance, we are in close proximity. We continue to consult with professionals and since July we have put in place specific support for these establishments.“, Began by recalling Alain Griset. Before adding that consultations were going to take place because the sector “already had many problems before the crisis, with insurers and bankers». «In the coming days, we will be observing the evolution of rates with them. I hope to be able to give them a prospect of reopening in the coming weeks. It is not possible not to give them hope», Assures the minister.


For North Korea, vacins are not “Not a universal panacea.” North Korea’s state media on Tuesday warned of the prospect of a long fight against Covid and a pandemic in the form of “an inevitable reality.The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party, indeed stated that “new coronavirus vaccines introduced competitively by different countries were once seen as a beacon of hope for humanity that could end the fight against this frightening disease.“Before adding that”the situation in many countries clearly shows that vaccines are never a universal panacea.»


Alain Griset announces the payment of new aid for businesses. Guest of Sud Radio on Tuesday, the Minister Delegate in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises recalled that the clothing, footwear, sport and leather goods sectors will be paid, as decided at the end of March, specific aid for overstocks. Thus, from May 25, companies with less than 50 employees will receive, “automatically, without any formalities to be done», Financial assistance equivalent to 80% of the sum received last November under the solidarity fund. According to Bercy, 36,000 companies should receive this aid, for an average amount of 5,600 euros.


The High Council of Public Health recommends ventilating spaces open to the public. In an opinion made public Monday, the High Council of Public Health (HCSP) recommends ventilating the enclosed spaces of establishments receiving the public in the presence of people and opening the windows at least 5 minutes every hour. The HCSP advises schools and universities to leave doors and windows open between lessons, knowing that “the ideal is to open two windows, if possible, to promote air circulation.» «In situations where ventilation is currently not possible or insufficient (e.g. blocked windows), technical solutions must be implemented”States the opinion.


Towards the end of the mask outside? The Minister of Health “sincerely hope it will be this summer.“Invited from Europe 1 this Tuesday, to discuss in detail the deconfinement plan initiated by the government on Monday, Olivier Véran explained that”when enough French people will be vaccinated, we can consider lowering our guard.Before specifying: “I can’t give a date today, that wouldn’t be fair of me. But once we can meet again, calmly consider the end of barrier gestures and the end of the mask outside, we will not wait 24 hours. We will say so immediately. And I sincerely hope it will be this summer.»


In Brazil, numerous stockouts of second dose of vaccine. In seven Brazilian state capitals, including large metropolises like Belo Horizonte or Porto Alegre, injections of the second dose of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine have been suspended for lack of doses. According to the count of the information site G1, Aracaju, Recife (north-east), Belem, Porto Velho (north) and Campo Grande (center-west) are also in this situation, due to the lack of doses of this serum. , the most used in Brazil today, with 77% of injections. In Rio de Janeiro, the town hall had initially suspended for 10 days the vaccination for the second dose of CoronaVac on Saturday, before deciding the next day to stagger it by age groups, starting with the over 70s, from this Monday. But those under the age of 60 who received the first dose from April 10 to 17, especially caregivers, will have to wait until May 17 for the second, 30 to 40 days later, while the recommended interval is 28 days. According to the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, more than half of the state capitals do not have the necessary reserves for the second dose to be available to all on time.


Australia reconsiders threat to jail Australians from India. The Australian Prime Minister has reneged on his threat to imprison Australians who try to flee India, ravaged by the pandemic. “I think the probability of this happening is close to zero”, Scott Morrison said during a media campaign. The government decided at the end of April to suspend until May 15 flights from India, very hard hit by the pandemic. Australia had also warned its fellow citizens on Saturday returning from India via stop-over flights that they risked five years in prison. Some 9,000 Australians are indeed stuck in India, including cricketers who participated in the Indian Premier League. “If our government cared about the safety of Australians, they would allow us to go home. It’s a shame !!! Mr. Prime Minister, you have blood on your hands ”, notably tweeted former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, stranded in the Maldives. Morrison denied having “Blood on the hands”. “I’m not going to let Australia down. I will protect our borders during this period ”, he insisted. Australia closed its borders to most non-Australians in March 2020. All people entering its territory must observe 14 days of quarantine.


US to approve Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and older. The United States is expected to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 and over from next week, according to US media. Pfizer has requested emergency use authorization for its vaccine, intended for children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, according to CNN, citing a government official. “The United States Food and Drug Administration [FDA] will have to modify its regulations on the authorization of emergency use of the vaccine, but the process should be simple ”, CNN reports. The Pfizer vaccine is currently licensed for people 16 years of age and older in the United States. The extension of vaccination to adolescents could open the American vaccination campaign to millions more people.

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