New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Nearly 30 million Chinese confined –
Some 30 million Chinese confined: faced with its worst epidemic resurgence since the first wave of 2020, China is increasing quarantines without managing to eradicate the Omicron strain.
China on Tuesday reported 5,280 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, more than double the previous day. This is one of the highest daily tolls since February 2020 and the quarantine of Wuhan (center), the city where the coronavirus was first detected.
– Hong Kong leader called to resign –
A former senior Hong Kong government adviser called on the Hong Kong leader on Tuesday to “resign in shame” over the city’s coronavirus wave, joining criticism from other figures in the pro-Beijing camp.
Carrie Lam’s government has been criticized for its failure to encourage older people to get vaccinated, as well as for its lack of clarity in communicating around what needs to be done to stem the spike in cases the city is currently experiencing.
– Condemnation of Switzerland by the ECHR –
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Switzerland on Tuesday for “violation of the freedom of assembly” in the face of the measures, deemed disproportionate, to ban public demonstrations adopted in 2020 in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic. 19.
– Latest restrictions lifted in the Netherlands –
The Dutch government announced on Tuesday the lifting of most of the last health restrictions from March 23, including the obligation to wear a mask on public transport and tests before events.
– France: jump in contamination –
Covid-19: situation in hospitals / © AFP
The number of Covid-19 contaminations has jumped to more than 116,000 cases in France, according to data from Public Health France published on Tuesday, the day after the lifting of most of the health restrictions.
Since Monday, anyone who wants to can access cinemas, theaters, restaurants … without justifying a vaccination pass and the mask has fallen in shops, schools, and places of culture and leisure.
– Kamala Harris’ husband tested positive –
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris, has tested positive for Covid-19, but his wife is so far negative, the White House announced on Tuesday.
– Pfizer asks the United States to authorize a 2nd booster dose –
Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Tuesday that they have asked the United States Medicines Agency to authorize an additional booster dose of their Covid-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and over.
This request is made on the basis of data coming from Israel and analyzed at the time when the Omicron variant was circulating on a large scale, indicating the alliance of the American and German companies, in a press release.
– More than 6 million dead –
The pandemic has officially killed at least 6,041,660 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP on Monday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (966,380), ahead of Brazil (655,585), India (515,877), and Russia (361,344).
The World Health Organization (WHO) 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 officially established.
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