10:22 a.m .: The sante.fr site for making an appointment is full
The site www.sante.fr where you can find the vaccination center closest to home and the links necessary to make an appointment is experiencing significant operational difficulties.
9:50 am: “We will have to be patient. It will create a rush, that’s normal”
Prime Minister Jean Castex, accompanied by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, congratulated the teams mobilized for the vaccination campaign, in Metz, by visiting a call center.
“What we are seeing seems satisfactory to us. Things are falling into place,” said the Prime Minister. On vaccines, “I see that membership is increasing, this is a great thing for our country.”
On the vaccination of people over 75 years old outside nursing home, which is due to start on Monday, Jean Castex said: “We will have to be patient. It will create a rush, it is normal”. “The meetings are going to spread out, it’s a very big operation” he added.
Olivier Véran praised the good organization. “If it happens like that in all the territories” [il] will “finally be able to sleep a little at night”.
9:10 am: The number of tests carried out in France is on the rise
During the week of January 4-10, 2,041,800 RT-PCR and antigen test results were validated by a healthcare professional, of which just over a quarter (26.4%) were antigen tests .
The number of validated tests this week increased (+173,200 tests) compared to the previous week, when 1,868,600 RT – PCR and antigen tests were performed, of which about a third were antigen tests (36.9 %).
Most of the increase in the number of tests can be attributed to the fact that the week of January 4-10 does not have a public holiday, unlike the previous week (which included Friday January 1).
9:05 am: Jean Castex and Olivier Véran have just arrived in Metz
According to Le Républicain Lorrain, Prime Minister Jean Castex and the Minister of Health have just arrived in Metz, at the Mercy hospital. They must visit call platforms, as well as vaccination centers, when the appointment of vaccination appointments for people over 75 years old must begin.
8:46 am: Restaurants will reopen “as soon as possible”, promises Macron
During the traditional Galette des Rois de l’Elysée, the Head of State indicated that restaurants and bars will resume their activity “as soon as possible”, he promised. However, “the virus will continue to weigh heavily in the coming weeks”, qualified Emmanuel Macron.
8:06 am: A vaccination “mega center” opens at Disneyland in California
A vaccination “mega center” opened on Wednesday in a parking lot at the famous Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, closed for ten months by the California authorities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Several hundred people, medical workers and residents of Orange County aged 65 and over, had already shown up in the afternoon to receive a first injection of the vaccine in large white tents.
7:15 am: Caregivers who have had Covid-19 protected against reinfection according to study
The vast majority of caregivers who have already contracted Covid-19 are protected against re-infection for a period of at least five months, shows a British study. Researchers at the public health agency Public Health England identified 44 potential re-infections among 6,614 healthcare workers who already had antibodies to the novel coronavirus during a five-month period from June to November 2020 Compared to those who had not yet been exposed to Sars-CoV-2, this represents 83% protection, concludes this study published on Thursday, which has not yet been reread by independent researchers.
7:12 am: Two (sad) record balance sheets
The United Kingdom recorded 1,564 additional deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday, a record since the start of the pandemic which brings the total death toll to 84,767 deaths, the highest in Europe.
In Spain, 38,869 confirmed cases and 195 deaths have been recorded, which is also a record since the start of the health crisis, for a total of 2.176 million cases and 52,878 deaths.
7:09 a.m .: Curfew and school closures in Havana
A curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. comes into effect this Thursday in Havana (Cuba), where schools will be closed, as well as bars and restaurants, due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
7:06 am: Portugal is reconfigured on Friday
Portugal will be subjected from Friday to a second “generalized” confinement to curb the epidemic, which has reached new records in the country.
According to the Directorate General of Health more than 247,000 people have been vaccinated in France on January 13.
Among the priority audiences defined by the health authorities:
- Elderly people in EHPAD or in long-term care unit.
- All caregivers over 50 or with co-morbidities.
- Firefighters over 50 or with co-morbidities.
- Home helpers over 50 or with co-morbidities.
- Vulnerable disabled people cared for in nursing homes and specialized homes.
6:39 am: WHO meets urgently to discuss variants
The emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) brought forward to this Thursday one of its quarterly meetings to urgently discuss the subject of new variants of the coronavirus.
Particularly contagious, the British and South African variants of Covid-19 are swarming: the number of countries and territories where the variant initially spotted in Great Britain is found is 50 and it is 20 for the variant identified in South Africa. South, estimates the WHO for which this assessment is probably underestimated. And a third mutation, originating in the Brazilian Amazon and whose discovery Japan announced on Sunday, is analyzed and could impact the immune response, according to the WHO, which evokes “a worrying variant”.
6:34 am: China deplores first death in eight months
The country has recorded many cases of contamination in recent days, especially in Hebei, the huge province surrounding the capital Beijing, locked to contain the epidemic. In this sector, one death was recorded. According to the authorities, the last one dates back to last May.
6:15 am: The WHO team arrived in China to investigate
The World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts tasked with investigating the origin of the coronavirus arrived in Wuhan on Thursday in China, a time of the epidemic, according to live images from CGTN public television.
This visit is ultra-sensitive for Beijing, anxious to avoid any responsibility for the epidemic.
Originally scheduled last week, it was canceled at the last minute for lack of all the necessary permissions for the team.
6:12 am: And now, what strategy for vaccination?
The Cese is holding a press conference this Thursday morning concerning the organization of its support for the government’s vaccine strategy.
6:11 am: Ministers go to the front to defend vaccination
Prime Minister Jean Castex is going to Metz this Thursday for the launch of the appointment setting for the vaccination of people over 75 years old. He will be accompanied by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy Agnès Pannier-Runacher and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon.
Secretary of State and government spokesperson Gabriel Attal is going to meet students who have benefited from face-to-face lessons since the second confinement.
6:10 am: New decisions expected this Thursday
A defense council met on Wednesday around the head of state and new measures are expected to slow the Covid-19 epidemic. Re-containment seems ruled out at this point, but the 6 p.m. curfew could extend.
Prime Minister Jean Castex is holding a conference this Thursday at 6 p.m. with ministers Olivier Véran (Health), Jean-Michel Blanquer (Education), Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Roselyne Bachelot (Culture) and Frédérique Vidal (Higher education) ).
The last hours information
– The Covid-19 still weighs as much on the French health system, with 24,735 hospitalized patients, a figure stable for a month, including 1,588 new admissions on Wednesday, and 232 deaths in hospital. In total, the disease has killed 69,031 people since the outbreak began.
– As of Wednesday, more than 247,000 people had received their first injection of vaccine in France. The possibility for some chronically ill patients exposed to a severe form of the disease to be vaccinated also on Monday is “under discussion”, according to the Ministry of Health.
– In 36 days, some 28 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines were injected in around 46 countries around the world.
– The number of countries and territories where the variant of the coronavirus initially detected in the United Kingdom is now found is 50 and it is 20 for the variant identified in South Africa. A third mutation, which Japan has announced, could impact the immune response and requires further study.
– The pandemic has killed at least 1.96 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources, Wednesday in the middle of the day.
– The United Kingdom, faced with an outbreak of cases in recent weeks, recorded 1,564 additional deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday, a record since the start of the pandemic. Portugal will be subject from Friday to a second “general” confinement.
– Some 10 million people have received a first injection of one of two Covid-19 vaccines authorized in the United States. This represents about 3% of the American population.
– Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the vaccination of all categories of the population to begin next week, claiming that the vaccine designed by his country was the “best”.
6:05 am: New announcements expected in France, Castex in Metz and Nancy, Attal among students, vaccine strategy, arrival in China of WHO experts: follow the developments of the pandemic in France and around the world this Thursday, January 14.
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