The pressure on the French hospital system continued to increase on Monday, with a further rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and in critical care services, according to figures from Public Health France. With the spread of the delta variant, the number of patients affected by the virus in hospital is now 7,840, 259 more than Sunday and 761 more than last Monday. New 24-hour admissions are also up with 688, the highest figure since late May.
The critical care services, which welcome the most serious cases, have for their part 1,232 Covid patients (including 170 new admissions in 24 hours), against 1,137 on Sunday and 952 a week ago. This indicator had passed below the 1000 threshold on July 7, before starting to slowly rise and rise again above 1000 four days ago. 51 people died in hospital within 24 hours.
Faced with the resumption of contaminations in France, Emmanuel Macron posted a video on social networks on Monday from his summer residence in Fort de Brégançon, in the Var, to encourage vaccination and “Respond to false information” on vaccines. The initiative of the President of the Republic comes as the third consecutive Saturday of demonstrations against the health pass was marked by increased mobilization, with more than 200,000 people in the processions.
New containment in China
Iran on Monday recorded a new record of Covid infections in 24 hours with more than 37,000 cases, against the backdrop of an accelerating epidemic in the country, which also recorded its highest number of daily deaths (411 ) for three months.
In Sydney, where more than 5 million Australians live, the military has been deployed to ensure compliance with containment, while in Brisbane, measures have been extended to try to stem an outbreak of the epidemic. New containment also in China for hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. The delta variant is currently spreading across the country and has reached the city of Wuhan, the first to be affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
In Hong Kong, officials, teachers and caregivers will have to be vaccinated or tested twice a week at their expense, announced the chief executive of the financial center. It is one of the rare territories in the world to have sufficient doses for the whole of its population, which remains however reluctant to vaccination (36% of people fully vaccinated).
Libya, which is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases, received two million doses of vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm on Monday, the Libyan Prime Minister announced, calling on the population to be vaccinated.
More than 4 million dead since the start of the pandemic
Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna will increase the price of their anti-Covid vaccine delivered to the European Union because they have adapted it to variants, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs said on Monday, confirming information from the “Financial Times”.
Finally, the pandemic has killed more than 4.22 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP on Monday. The United States is the country with the most deaths (613,228), ahead of Brazil (556,834) and India (424,773). The World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that which is officially established.