what to remember from Friday

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11:37 p.m.: Merkel and Macron call for vigilance for the Euro

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron called for caution during Euro matches against the highly contagious Delta variant, warning of a resurgence of the pandemic on the European continent. “We cannot pretend that the Corona epidemic is over,” said Angela Merkel.

Asked about the possible risks associated with the semi-finals and finals to be played at Wembley in Great Britain where the Delta variant has caused a rise in infections, Emmanuel Macron promised him a “situation of great vigilance”.

11:05 p.m .: Penultimate curfew in France

This is the penultimate curfew: from 6 a.m. on Sunday, the French will be able to circulate freely without timetable restrictions, i.e. eight months after the first curfews were put in place to stop the second wave. of the epidemic.

9:16 p.m.: Palestinian Authority cancels vaccine deal with Israel

The Palestinian Authority on Friday canceled an agreement with Israel to transfer one million doses of coronavirus vaccine, saying it was refusing to receive doses “about to expire.”

The Hebrew state had earlier announced an agreement whereby it would transfer to the Palestinian Authority one million of its own expiring Pfizer vaccine doses, in return for which it would hand over “the same amount of doses” when they received them. would receive from the American laboratory.

8:21 p.m.: The time between a cured infection and vaccination goes from 3 to 2 months

The Directorate General of Health indicated, in an urgent note sent out in the evening, that the time between a cured infection with Covid-19 and vaccination is now two months after a positive PCR or antigen test. Until now, vaccination was possible 3 to 6 months after infection.

In addition, according to the note, infected people can now validate a complete vaccination schedule with a single dose, “regardless of the date of infection.”

8:05 p.m.: In the Netherlands, further easing of restrictions

Further easing of restrictions in the Netherlands will come into effect from June 26. From this date, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory wherever social distancing can be respected. The government considers that this is not the case in public transport and middle and high schools.

Nightclubs will be able to reopen their doors to customers who test negative beforehand.

Cafes and restaurants will be allowed from June 26 to broadcast Euro football matches on large screens indoors and outdoors, provided that customers can sit 1.5 meters away from each other.

7:43 p.m .: A little over 3,000 new cases

The figures linked to the epidemic continue to improve day by day: 3,052 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, against 3,357 the day before.

The number of hospitalized patients fell to 10,738 people on Friday, against 11,114 on Thursday. The pressure on hospital services is also falling, with 1,740 patients in critical care services, against 1,799 on Thursday. Never has such a low level been reached since last October. In addition, 50 people died from the disease in hospital.

Since Thursday, the mask is no longer mandatory outside, a decision justified in particular by a “dynamic of decline in the epidemic which has accelerated”, and even “in the process of control”, according to Olivier Véran.

19:35: Transfer of vaccines

Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million doses of Pfizer vaccine that is about to expire, according to an agreement between the two parties announced by the Jewish state. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that he wants to offer a million doses to the countries of the Balkans.

7:18 pm: Pfizer vaccine plays “a possible role” in cases of myocarditis

The vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech (Comirnaty) has a “possible role” in the occurrence of rare cases of cardiac inflammation in young adults, the Medicines Agency (ANSM) said on Friday.

The ANSM monitoring committee “accepts the hypothesis of a possible role for the Comirnaty vaccine in the occurrence of myocarditis”, indicates its weekly monitoring point for the adverse effects of anti-Covid vaccines. Last week, the same committee indicated the “need to continue monitoring the potential signal”. The ANSM had classified at the end of April this undesirable effect as a “potential signal” of pharmacovigilance of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine after the report of a similar case in Israel.

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31,712,896 people received at least one injection (i.e. 47.3% of the total population and 60.4% of the adult population) and 15,913,257 people received two injections (i.e. 23.8% of the total population and 30.3% of the adult population). 17,847,833 people have a complete vaccination schedule.

6:10 pm: The trajectory of the Covid in Africa is “very, very worrying”

The trajectory of Covid cases in Africa is “very, very worrying”, estimated the person in charge of emergency situations at the WHO, Doctor Michael Ryan, with the spread of more contagious variants and a dangerously low vaccination rate.

According to data collected by the WHO, there were 116,500 new infections in Africa during the week ended June 13, 25,500 more than the previous week.

5:29 p.m .: Start of the vaccination campaign for members of the Tokyo Olympics organization

Thousands of Olympic volunteers and officials began to be vaccinated on Friday in Tokyo, nearly a month before the Games, as the decision on public attendance is expected next week.

On Monday, all stakeholders will meet to discuss the presence or absence of spectators and, if applicable, the reception conditions. At the end of this meeting, the organizers will have to decide whether to leave the stands empty, since spectators coming from abroad have already been banned, or if they allow the public to attend this global event ( July 23-August 8).

5:01 p.m.: Dozens of countries unable to continue vaccinating for lack of doses

Dozens of countries – 30 or 40 – are unable to administer the second dose of anti-Covid vaccines, for lack of sufficient doses, which risks permanently destabilizing the vaccine campaigns, warned the WHO on Friday. These countries are found particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia, in particular India’s neighbors such as Nepal and Sri Lanka.

“The interval (between the two injections) is now longer than what we would like,” warned Dr Bruce Aylward, responsible for the WHO overseeing the Covax international distribution system. Too long an interval between two doses can facilitate the emergence of more dangerous or contagious variants.

3:10 p.m .: Italy reimposes quarantine on travelers from the UK

Italy announced on Friday that passengers from the UK will have to observe a brief quarantine again, while those from many other countries will be able to enter freely if they have the anti-Covid health pass. He also said that travelers from the United Kingdom, a country where the more contagious Delta variant is widespread, will have to observe a five-day quarantine and undergo an anti-Covid test from Monday, June 21.

2:50 p.m.: AstraZeneca forced by a Belgian judge to deliver less than demanded by the European Union

A Belgian judge on Friday forced the pharmaceutical laboratory AstraZeneca to deliver to the 27 EU countries 50 million doses of its anti-Covid vaccine, in three stages by the end of September, under penalty of financial penalties.

The judgment, the main extracts of which have been communicated to the press, has been favorably received by both parties. The EU, which received only 30 of the 120 million doses promised in the first quarter, demanded that the additional 90 million be paid to it by June 30, under penalty of penalties.

2:24 p.m.: The Delta variant at the origin of the explosion of cases in Moscow

According to the mayor of Moscow, the Delta variant is the cause of 90% of new cases of Covid-19 in the Russian capital, thus explaining the virulence of the new epidemic wave.

“According to the latest data that we have obtained, 89.3% of patients are infected with a coronavirus which has mutated, says Delta, the Indian variant. And it is more aggressive, spreads faster,” said Sergei Sobyanin.

12:44 p.m .: Israel to transfer a million doses to Palestinians before expiry

Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million doses of vaccine against the expiring coronavirus, according to an agreement between the two parties announced Friday by the Jewish state. “Israel will receive in return the doses that the Pfizer company was to send to the Palestinian Authority,” the prime minister’s office and the Israeli defense and health ministries said in a joint statement.

8:45 am: “We are not immune to a rebound or infiltration by a variant”

Professor Anne-Claude Crémieux, infectious disease specialist at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris, warned this Friday morning on Classic Radio: “The epidemic is not over, we are not immune to rebound or infiltration by a less sensitive or more contagious variant. “

“The only stake today is to increase the race for vaccination” she indicated. And to add: “It takes 70% of complete vaccination of adults to have a vaccine shield against infiltration by these variants because, between two doses, the protection is insufficient.”

5:49 am: Next step: lifting of the curfew

Thanks to a faster-than-expected improvement in the health situation, France on Thursday abandoned the obligation to wear a mask outside. Next step: the lifting of the curfew from Sunday.

France is thus following the example of several European countries, such as Belgium, while others, including Germany and Spain, are moving towards a gradual lifting of the wearing of masks.

5:47 am: Pressure continues to decrease in hospitals

According to the latest figures from Public Health France, 11,114 patients are hospitalized for Covid-19. That’s 405 fewer sick than the day before. Otherwise, 1,799 patients are in intensive care, 74 less compared to Wednesday.

The number of new cases detected has also decreased further, falling below 3,000 cases, with 2,786 patients screened, and one positivity rate tests over the last 7 days amounting to 1,3%.

Finally, 56 patients died of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of victims to 110,634 since the start of the epidemic in France.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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