Paris “does not want Germany to completely close the border” with France


13h39: Paris fears a German decision

Paris “does not want Germany to completely close the border” with France, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune said on Monday, while Berlin partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria to contain the spread of variants.

Berlin has hinted that it could do the same with France in the coming days due to the health situation in the French department of Moselle.

13:33: Donation of vaccines in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, a southern African country with a disaster-stricken economy and health system, received on Monday a first batch of 200,000 vaccines against Covid-19, a donation from Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm.

11:55 am: 28,000 doses of additional vaccines in Moselle

Moselle, where the new variants of the coronavirus represent a particularly important part of the contaminations, will receive 28,000 additional vaccine doses, within 15 days. According to LREM deputy from northern Moselle Isabelle Rauch, this is the Pfizer vaccine. New slots will be opened in the coming days. To date, 37,000 Mosellans have been vaccinated, or 3.7% of the population.

11:03 am: “8 million vaccinated at the end of March”

The president of the orientation council of the vaccine strategy, Alain Fischer, recalled this Monday morning on BFMTV, that the objective is to have “8 million people having received a first injection at the end of March”.

When the government presented its vaccination schedule in mid-December, the number advanced was 14 million French people vaccinated at the end of March. A schedule revised downwards since … because the doses of vaccines are lacking. Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, on TF1 on January 22, announced a target of 9 million French people vaccinated at the end of March.

10h50: Clément Beaune pleads for “an independent mission” which would verify the contracts signed by the EU

The Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune pleaded this morning on France Info for “an independent mission” which would verify “if the contracts do protect our interests”.

The Secretary of State “wants all contracts to be available and that we see if there is more information that can be made available” to MEPs.

10:07 am: Faced with the English variant, the mayor of Dunkirk denounces “disconnected” measures

The mayor (DVG) of Dunkirk Patrice Vergriete denounced this Monday measures “disconnected” after the prefecture decided to keep schools, colleges and high schools open despite the acceleration of the circulation of the English variant of Covid-19.

“I will put my daughter in school this morning, we have to respect a democratic term, but I know that a number of families will not put (their children), there are things that I can understand today” , a, among others, said the elected.

9:33 am: “80% of nursing home residents vaccinated by the end of February”

The Minister Delegate to the Minister of Solidarity and Health in charge of autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, indicated on Europe 1 this Monday morning: “We will be at the end of February at 80%”, residents of nursing homes vaccinated .

8:52 am: Aid of 900 euros for precarious workers extended

The exceptional aid created in November to guarantee a monthly income of 900 euros net to precarious workers is extended by three months, until the end of May, announced Monday the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne.

This aid, which has already benefited 400,000 people, allows all those who worked at least 138 days on fixed-term or temporary contracts (i.e. more than 60% of annual working time) in 2019, but who were unable to work enough in 2020 to recharge their rights to unemployment insurance due to the health crisis, to benefit from a minimum income guarantee of 900 euros per month.

8:25 am: Hospitals must go into “crisis organization” from Thursday

The Directorate General of Health (DGS) has asked all French hospitals and clinics to go into crisis organization as of Thursday, February 18. It aims to increase the number of beds available and to mobilize as many staff as possible in all regions, whatever the level of hospital tension. The fear: the multiplication of the number of cases due to variants which could quickly saturate hospitals. Find all the details in our article by clicking on this link.

8:04 am: “We have to close classes to break chains of contamination”

On France Info, this Monday morning, Alain Talleu, co-secretary of the SNUipp-FSU teachers’ union in the North, underlined: “Our concern since the start of the school year is to relive a closure as we could experience it in spring 2020 , prolonged shutdown. So in some places, to protect students and teachers, it is necessary to probably close classes to break chains of contamination. “

However, since last Friday, the health protocol of schools has been relaxed by the ministry: no automatic closure of classes where a case of the English variant appears. Problem, “it is the one who is the most contagious” …

8 hours: “We are suspended because of the presence of these variants”

“We are suspended because of the presence of these variants, we must show armed vigilance,” said Monday morning on RTL Didier Pittet, chief medical officer and director of the Collaborating Center for the WHO.

“If we can stick with the new measures, we could really not re-define”, had he estimated Sunday on Europe 1. “But if you let the new variant grow in importance, you can lose ground very quickly.”

7:18 am: 2.9 million people vaccinated in France

According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, in France, 2,254,688 people received a first injection of the vaccine (i.e. 3.4% of the total population and 4.3% of the adult population) and 647,173 people received the second injection. That is a total of 2,901,861 people vaccinated.

7:05 am: Half of food bank beneficiaries helped for less than a year

A study by the CSA institute for food banks indicates that more than half (51%) of those assisted said they had been using food aid for less than a year. A significant increase in the number of beneficiaries, of around 25%, was recorded in March 2020, a month marked by the first confinement.

Find our article on this subject by clicking on this link.

6:27 am: In Italy, ski resorts remain closed

Italy has decided to keep ski resorts closed, which were to reopen on Monday due to the spread of variants of the coronavirus, including the British variant, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.

6:25 am: England inaugurates its quarantine at the hotel

England inaugurates this Monday the mandatory quarantine at the hotel for residents from countries classified at risk, a measure intended to avoid the import of variants of the coronavirus more resistant to current vaccines.

The government has already banned arrivals of non-residents from 33 countries on a red list that includes all of Latin America and South Africa, and where new variants have been identified. Thus, British residents or Irish citizens arriving in England from these countries will be consigned to a hotel and placed under surveillance for ten days. Travelers arriving from other countries must also follow a 10-day quarantine, but can do so at home.

6:15 am: 15 million Britons vaccinated

The UK has passed the 15 million mark for people vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Today we have reached a milestone in the UK’s national immunization program,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted on Sunday. He thus manages to meet the objective of offering a vaccine to the four priority categories in mid-February. They include people over 70, frontline caregivers, nursing home workers and residents, and the most vulnerable patients – about 15 million people out of a total population of 66 million.

6:14 am: Germany closes part of its borders

In Europe, all eyes are on Germany. The country has decided to close part of its borders, with the Czech Republic and Austrian Tyrol, in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19, sparking criticism from the European Union and protests from Vienna.

6:13 am: New approved vaccines?

The World Health Organization, WHO, is meeting to decide on the emergency approval of two AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19, manufactured in India and South Korea.

6:12 am: 13 million French people have downloaded TousAntiCovid

Despite a poor start, the TousAntiCovid tracking app convinced the French that 13 million had downloaded it, the government said on Sunday.

What to know this Monday morning

  • Germany partially closes its borders with the Czech Republic and Austrian Tyrol on Sunday in an attempt to contain the spread of the very contagious variants.
    Faced with the threat of variants, the European Union has decided to facilitate its vaccine certification procedure.
    In New Zealand, the discovery of a new source of contamination led to the re-containment of Auckland, the largest city in the country.
    The UK met its goal of vaccinating 15 million people (who have received a dose) by mid-February.
    Emmanuel Macron called for “rapid international collective action” to stop the pandemic, in particular by promoting access to the vaccine in Africa.

6:10 am: Hello and welcome to this live dedicated to the Covid-19 epidemic in France and around the world.


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