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published on December 29, 2021 at 9.45 a.m.

(updated at 12:19)

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Three weeks of curfew in Reunion. From Saturday January 1 and for three weeks, a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be in effect in Reunion, announced this Wednesday the prefect of the island, Jacque Billant. This measure, intended to fight against the spread of the omicron variant, is accompanied by new restrictions: ban on events in the public space – except political and religious – ban on private gatherings in village halls, reinstatement of gauges in establishments receiving from the public. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Monday the restoration of the state of health emergency on the island until March 31.


Dembélé, Umtiti and Gavi, three more cases of Covid at Barça. FC Barcelona players Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti and Gavi are positive for Covid-19, the Spanish club announced on Wednesday. “The players are doing well and are in isolation, at home”, said Barça. The two French players and the Spanish midfielder are thus added to Jordi Alba, Daniel Alves and Clément Lenglet, bringing to six the number of positive players and therefore unavailable within the team coached by Xavi Hernandez before the meeting on Sunday against RDC Mallorca, for the resumption of La Liga after the Christmas break. A match must be postponed or canceled if one of the teams does not have at least 13 capable players, including a minimum of five from the first team, according to the criteria established by the Spanish Football Federation and La Liga.


Record of contaminations in the world over the past week. With more than 935,000 cases of Covid-19 detected every day on average from December 22 to 28, the world has reached new contamination records over the past week, according to an AFP count. These figures, the highest since the start of the pandemic at the end of 2019, are based on the reports communicated daily by the health authorities in each country. A large proportion of the less serious or asymptomatic cases remain undetected despite the intensification of screening in many countries since the start of the pandemic. In addition, testing policies differ from country to country.


Novak Djokovic banned from Australia. World tennis number 1 Novak Djokovic, who refuses to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, will not play the ATP Cup from January 1 to 9 in Sydney, organizers announced on Wednesday, reinforcing the uncertainty over the Serbian’s participation in the Australian Open. To be allowed to return to Australia and participate in the tournament, players, their entourage and members of their management must be vaccinated. However, Djokovic refuses to say whether he is or not.


Faced with omicron, the antigenic tests would deliver “false negatives”? If the antigenic tests deliver a result in just a few minutes, however, the latter could prove to be false. For good reason, according to the American health authorities, these tests are less sensitive to the omicron variant than to the previous variants. “Preliminary data suggest that antigenic tests detect the omicron variant well, but with reduced sensitivity”, The United States Medicines Agency (FDA) said in a statement. This could lead to a request for an additional PCR test to confirm the result of the antigen. Easier to perform and less expensive, antigen tests detect antigens on the surface of the virus, while PCR tests look for the genetic material of the virus.


Discos closed for three additional weeks. Initially closed until January 6, the 1,600 establishments concerned in France will not reopen their doors before January 24. “On January 3, like the other sectors which were announced by the Prime Minister, for three weeks there will be the renewal of the closure which concerned them”, announced the Minister Delegate in charge of Tourism and SMEs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne this Wednesday on France Inter.

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