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In summary :

– The number of Covid-19 contaminations remained at a very high level on Sunday in France, with 296,097 new cases recorded according to figures from the health authorities. This is 2.5% less than the day before (303 669), even if we cannot yet conclude that the epidemic is slowing down, these daily shifts may be due to statistical catch-ups. At the hospital, the number of Covid patients continues to increase, with 21,982 patients (against 21,721 the day before), including 842 new patients.

– It front of “Almost 10 million people” tested weekly, executive spokesperson Gabriel Attal announced a “plan to strengthen” the country’s testing capacity. “Several hundred” testing centers should in particular open near vaccination centers or pharmacies.

– The rise in Covid-19 cases is cracking down on schools and parents. The Ministry of Education has decided to lighten – a little – an inapplicable protocol. Angry, teachers’ unions are calling for a strike Thursday, January 13.


“Transport plan” revised downwards at SNCF. From today, the SNCF is removing 10% of its TGVs and 20% of Intercités, a measure which can be explained by the drop in reservations due to the health crisis. All night trains will be operated, while “The adaptation of the offer will be stronger” for international TGVs, in particular for the Eurostar service. As for suburban trains in the Paris region, “The Transilien transport plan (…) could be slightly adapted depending on the line depending on the health situation and the availability of SNCF agents”.



A judge orders the release of Djokovic, who refuses to be vaccinated. At the end of a river hearing of several hours marked by numerous technical incidents, a judge on Monday ordered the immediate release of Novak Djokovic from the detention center in which he was placed last week. A government lawyer warned, however, that Canberra could still order Djokovic’s deportation, which would bar him from entering Australia for three years. This judicial standoff began five days ago with the cancellation of the Serbian player’s visa upon his arrival in Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year, while the world number 1 wants to enter Australia without being vaccinated against Covid-19.


Increased health restrictions for US forces in Japan. Health restrictions on US forces in Japan have been further tightened, as many Japanese officials make a link between US bases and the resurgence of the pandemic in the archipelago. The personnel of the American bases is stationed on these sites as from Monday for two weeks, the exits outside bases being limited to the “essential activities”, according to a joint statement of the American forces in Japan (USFJ) and the Japanese government.

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