Sunday, January 16

DIRECT – Coronavirus: facing the Omicron wave, back to school is under pressure

France is facing a fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, pushing the government to take new measures. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France or in the world.

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US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has contracted Covid-19, the Pentagon announced on Sunday, adding that he was suffering from “mild” symptoms and would remain in quarantine at home for the next five days.

In a statement released by his ministry, Austin said he was fully vaccinated, including with a third booster dose, “so the infection is much lighter than it would have been otherwise,” writes -he.

“Vaccines work and will remain a military medical requirement for our personnel,” added the Pentagon chief. “I continue to encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster dose to take it.”

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The pupils are now back to school. In terms of health protocol, no big change to be expected for this risky return to school: level 3 (out of 4) is maintained in elementary schools, just like level 2 in middle and high schools, in order to reduce mixing. between classes and levels.

The only change: the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has decided to strengthen the policy of “contact tracing”, which will subject students to three tests in four days if there is a positive in the class.

“What changes is that from now on, when the family takes the first test, they will receive two free self-tests in the pharmacy, so that the students can test themselves again at home on D + 2 and D + 4”, a indicated the minister, in an interview with Parisien Sunday evening.

Reference-www.cnews.fr

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