8:33 am: “Encouraging signals” in hospitals according to Martin Hirsch director general of the AP-HP
In an internal email, shared with all of his teams, Martin Hirsch, the director general of the AP-HP (L’Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris) evokes “encouraging signals on the Covid front for a few days” . “The number of calls to the Samu for Covid is down, there are a little fewer visits to the emergency room for Covid”, explains the doctor. And to add: “In critical care, the situation in Ile-de-France is stable and in conventional hospitalization, there is starting to be a slowdown in the progression. »
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8:29 am: Demonstrations planned this Saturday in France
Anti-health pass/vaccination pass rallies are on the agenda this Saturday: in total, 85,000 to 120,000 people are expected, including 9,000 to 14,000 in Paris, according to police sources. In the capital, several processions will be organized. The biggest should be that of the Les Patriotes movement, of the pro-Frexit presidential candidate Florian Philippot, which will start at 2 p.m. from the Trocadéro. Other parades will take place at the initiative of “yellow vests”. For the executive and law enforcement, one of the issues will be whether attendance is higher than the previous week. In the wake of the declarations of Emmanuel Macron, decided to “annoy” the non-vaccinated, 105,200 demonstrators had been counted by the Ministry of the Interior throughout France, four times more than the 25,500 of the previous mobilization, December 18.
How many people will lose their health pass this Saturday?
In theory, some 560,000 people are likely to lose their passes this Saturday, the health ministry said. But the actual figure is difficult to determine. If we exclude those who have been infected in the meantime (which extends the pass), some 15.9 million adults are supposed to have received their booster on Saturday, seven months after their previous injection. It is now a necessary condition to keep your pass. According to the ministry, about 15.3 million of those people have made their recalls as of Thursday. But that doesn’t mean the remaining 560,000 will lose their passes on Saturday. Among them, “there is a significant number who have presented an infection” without having yet notified it in the TousAntiCovid application, which extends the validity of their pass, the Minister of Health explained on Wednesday.
8:18 am: Medical advisers resign in Poland
Thirteen of the seventeen members of the medical council for Covid to the Polish Prime Minister have resigned, accusing the populist national government of inaction in the face of the pandemic.
7:57 a.m.: Childhood vaccination expanded in Norway; she starts in Sao Paulo
Norway will extend vaccination to the 5-11 age group on a voluntary basis and without making an official recommendation. In Brazil, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 began on Saturday in Sao Paulo, a month after it was approved by health authorities despite criticism from President Jair Bolsonaro.
7:35 am: Restrictions eased in the Netherlands
The Netherlands will ease its anti-Covid health restrictions, among the most restrictive in Europe, by allowing shops, gyms, hairdressers and sex shops to reopen, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Friday. Bars, restaurants, cafes and cultural establishments will remain closed at least until January 25.
7:12 a.m.: Strong growth for Omicron in South America and the Caribbean
The Omicron wave is sweeping through South America and the Caribbean, a region that has doubled its record number of new daily Covid cases. An average of 304,000 daily cases were detected between January 7 and 13, almost twice the record set before the current wave (155,000 daily cases between May 28 and June 3, 2021).
6:52 am: The vaccine pass adopted at second reading by the Assembly returns to the Senate
After the resounding failure on Thursday of a compromise with the Senate, the National Assembly took over the vaccine pass project. The deputies adopted without surprise, in second reading, the controversial bill.
Started at 3 p.m. on Friday, the second reading of the text with the examination of nearly 450 amendments ended around 4 a.m. with adoption by 185 votes for, 69 against and 8 abstentions, in an electric atmosphere.
The Senate will examine the bill again this Saturday, then the National Assembly will have the last word probably on Sunday, for its final adoption.
What you need to know about Novavax, a new vaccine authorized in France
The Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) authorized this Friday a fifth anti-Covid vaccine in France, that of the American laboratory Novavax. This serum, based on classic technology, could convince people reluctant to messenger RNA vaccines like those from Pfizer and Moderna. Find our full article here.
6:49 am: 14,380 classes closed at school, record since the first confinement
Currently, 14,380 classes are closed, according to the Ministry of National Education. This represents the highest level since the first confinement. The health protocol provides for children to do three self-tests to return to class if a positive case is declared in their class. Source of a “mess”, it has already been modified several times since the start of the school year. After the great mobilization of the educational community on Thursday, Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced reinforcements and the distribution of FFP2 masks.
Will your health pass be deactivated? check yourself
From this Saturday, all adults who have not received a booster dose of vaccine seven months after the last injection, or who have not caught Covid-19 in the meantime, will theoretically have their health pass deactivated. According to Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, up to 700,000 people have not made their recall. Health Insurance has set up a site to check if your pass will be deactivated, MonRappelVaccinCovid.
6:47 a.m .: Number of new cases stabilizes, decrease in critical care patients
The pressure on hospitals continues to grow in France, where 24,511 patients with Covid-19 are currently being cared for (+357 in 24 hours). However, for the second consecutive day, the number of patients received in the care services fell on Friday, with 3,895 hospitalizations (-44), according to Public Health France.
On Friday, the number of new confirmed cases rose to 329,371 in 24 hours (+0.3% compared to last Friday). Over the week, the number of cases is stabilizing at around 270,000 new cases – a very high level.
What to remember from Friday
- The Haute Autorité de Santé has authorized the Novavax vaccine. This is the fifth serum to be inoculated. Based on a classic technique, it could convince non-vaccinated refractory to Messenger RNA.
- “We are moving towards scenarios that remain very complicated for the hospital but are not the hardest that could have arisen”, informs Simon Cauchemez, researcher at the Institut Pasteur who has reviewed his models.
- For the second day in a row, the number of patients hospitalized in critical care has fallen, it now stands at 3,895 (-44).
- Vaccine protection remains high against severe forms linked to Omicron, although it is lower compared to Delta, Dress reported.
- According to Public Health France, “the increase in hospital admissions is less marked during this wave, relative to the increase in incidence”.
“I’m not perfect, I make mistakes and I have no problem saying I’m sorry
- of certain things” declared the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer who announced FFP2 masks for certain teachers and staff reinforcements until the end of the year.
- The British press reveals that another party was organized in full confinement, on April 16, 2021, within the residence of the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, in London, and just before the funeral of the prince.
6:45 a.m .: Hello everyone and welcome to this live broadcast devoted to the news of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.