SITUATION UPDATE – New measures, new reports and highlights: The Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The peak of the rebound of the epidemic has passed according to Olivier Véran, the second booster dose open to people aged 60 and over, less than 10,000 Novavax injections at this stage in France… The Figaro provides an update this Thursday, April 7 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
98 deaths in 24 hours, 158,792 new cases
98 people died this Thursday from Covid, according to the daily report by Public Health France. There are currently 23,271 patients hospitalized, including 1,760 who arrived in the last 24 hours. 1572 patients are treated in intensive care. 158,792 new cases have been detected.
For the government, the peak of the rebound in the epidemic has passed
The Government estimated on Thursday that the peak of the rebound in the wave of COVID-19 now it had been left behind, while the second booster dose of the vaccine was opened to people aged 60 and over who wanted it. “We passed the peak of the reboundof the Covid-19 epidemic, said the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on RTL radio.
An average of between 140,000 and 150,000 new contaminations are recorded daily. “It’s down about 5% over five days. It must be confirmed over time, in any case we are not witnessing the tidal wave of 500,000 cases that we witnessed a few weeks ago.Olivier Veran added.
In fact, contamination has stopped increasing, according to data from health authorities. Thus, with 161,950 positive cases registered in 24 hours by Public Health France on Wednesday, the average for the last seven days stands at about 135,000 cases, after having exceeded 140,000 last Friday.
The second booster dose is open to people over 60, announces Véran
The second booster dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 will be open to people aged 60 or over, whose last injection dates back more than six months, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced Thursday. “We will be able to open this second booster dose for French people aged 60 and over if it is six months before their last booster injection.“, without it becoming mandatory, said the minister on RTL radio. Until now, this dose was reserved for people 80 years of age or older, an announcement made by Prime Minister Jean Castex in mid-March as the pandemic rebounded.
«We know that a booster injection, starting at age 60, reduces the risk of hospitalization, resuscitation and death by 80%. Although this risk is lower today than with previous variants and when there was no vaccination coverage, there is a residual risk. We can reduce it by four, so we propose it.“, argued Olivier Véran, based on a recommendation from the High Authority for Health.
This measure, which is therefore not mandatory, affects 500,000 French people aged 60 or older who have spent six months or more since their last injection, said Olivier Véran: “In times of virus circulation, it is both a reduction of a hospital impact. We know our hospitals need to breathe».
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Test ramp-up continues but at a slower pace
The number of tests for Covid-19 has increased for the fourth week in a row but “at a slow pace», according to figures published on Thursday by the Ministry of Health, which considers that “we passed the peak of the reboundof the epidemic
Between March 28 and April 3, more than 4 million antigen and PCR tests were carried out, compared to more than 3.8 the previous week, specifies the Statistics Directorate (Drees) in a press release. Therefore, the demand continues to increase, but at a much slower pace than in recent weeks.
Covid-19 increases risk of blood clots for up to 6 months after infection, study finds
Covid-19 increases the risk of developing blood clots severe for up to six months after infection, shows a study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). This Swedish study reveals an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the leg) up to three months after infection with Covid-19, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) up to six months later, and an event hemorrhagic up to two months later.
This risk is higher in patients with comorbidities and those with severe Covid-19. It was more marked during the first pandemic wave compared to the second and third waves, the study also underlines. We already knew that covid-19 increases the risk of serious blood clots (known as venous thrombosis), but we had less information on how long this risk increased and whether it varied during different epidemic waves.
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Novavax: less than 10,000 injections at this stage in France
The vaccine against Covid-19 NovavaxPresented as an alternative to the dreaded messenger RNA vaccines, it has been used in fewer than 10,000 injections so far.”results slightly below expectations“, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Health authorities hoped that this vaccine from the American laboratory, the fifth available in France, would convince people who were reluctant to get vaccinated with messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, based on unprecedented technology.
«The results are a little below expectations: 9700 injections with this vaccine are recorded“, the ministry said during a press conference on the vaccination campaign in France. The first injections took place in early March. He shakes”overwhelmingly first doses: 6195“, according to the same source.
As a hypothesis about the lack of appetite for this vaccine in France, the ministry points out that it is “I arrive a little late“and that he is”can only be used for primary vaccination, not possible as a booster». «The results are a little below what we expected, but the story is not over. It is possible that the scientific recommendations will evolve and lead to it also being used as a rappel, which could give it a little boost.“, we add from the same source.
Vaccines: France strives tominimize losses » dose
France strives tominimize lossesof vaccine doses it has, the Ministry of Health said Thursday, while 218,000 doses of the national stock had to be thrown away until then because they were expired. The national strategic stock is made up of 50 million doses of messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna),”our insurance in case of resumption of the epidemic if it is necessary to vaccinate very quickly and with great force“, the ministry said during a press conference on the vaccination campaign.
When the doses availableexceed national needs, are geared toward donations» international. “Despite all our efforts“, in that day “218,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the national stock were lost, not given on time and expired“, added the Ministry of Health. This number is “compared to the 140 million doses injected nationwide and the additional 80 million doses destined for donations“, we underline from the same source. “To date, no doses of Pfizer or Moderna have been lost in the national stock, which have always found a recipient country or have been used in the national campaign.“, according to the ministry.
Bitter failure of the German chancellor on compulsory vaccination
Snub Olaf Scholz: The German chancellor, already criticized for his lack of charisma, it has failed on Thursday to vote on a mandatory vaccination bill against Covid-19, which has been largely stripped of substance.
A bill to this effect, the result of a promise by Angela Merkel’s successor, obtained 296 votes in favor but was rejected by 378 Bundestag deputies. Nine members of the lower house of the German parliament abstained. The Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, assured in the process that the objective of compulsory vaccination was not “abandoned“, with the purpose of “to avoid unnecessary casualties in the fall».
Taiwan moves away from Covid zero strategy
Taiwan’s health minister said Thursday that the island would stop trying to keep the coronavirus infection rate at zero and focus on the worst cases, eventually favoring a strategy of living with the virus.
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When asked during a parliamentary session on Thursday whether Taiwan was in a “transition phaseliving with the virus, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung responded: “Yes, we can say that.» «We will not stop our way to opening up, it is our direction, but we will maintain efficient management. The main focus now is to mitigate damage.“, he declared.
Hong Kong defends temporary suspension of flights in case of infected passengers
The CEO of H.chainCarrie Lam on Thursday defended a move to temporarily ban airlines if coronavirus cases were imported into the territory, despite industry warnings that the city had lost its status as an air traffic hub. The city’s airport, previously one of the world’s busiest, has been largely cut off from the world since the start of the pandemic, with Hong Kong following a strict zero Covid health policy, in the wake of China.
The measure defended this Thursday by Carrie Lam consists of suspending for 7 days the route served by any airline that has transported at least three infected passengers on a single flight. According to the chief executive, the flights bring infected passengers, which imports cases to Hong Kong.”probably due to the very relaxed approach taken in many places” around the world.