Wednesday, May 18

DIRECT – Coronavirus: 9,202 classes currently closed in France, a record since spring

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.


9,202 classes are currently closed, a record since last spring announces the Ministry of National Education.


First victims of the Covid-19 crisis, young people have had more difficulty accessing a job in 2020 upon leaving their studies with the health crisis, confirms an INSEE study published on Thursday. On average over 2020, 68.3% of young people who left initial training one to four years ago – between 2016 and 2019 – were in employment.

This is 1 point less than in 2019, while the employment rate has remained almost stable for people who have completed their studies for a longer time, notes the National Institute of Statistics.


The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for fairness in the treatment of Covid-19 around the world. “Both in terms of treatments and medical follow-ups, we need equity,” insisted Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


The Austrian government decided on Thursday to make it compulsory to wear the FFP2 mask outdoors in an attempt to stop the spread of the Omicron variant and prevent a new containment of the population.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer spoke to the press in Vienna “a very serious situation”, “a new challenge” posed by the extreme contagiousness of Omicron.

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Two RC Lens players, goalkeeper Wuilker Fariñez and defender Brayann Pereira, have tested positive for covid-19, the club said on Thursday. The two men, whose state of health does not cause “any concern” according to the club’s statement, were placed in solitary confinement.


The first injections in France of the anti-Covid vaccine from Novavax, the fifth to have been approved in the European Union, could take place “at the beginning of February”, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

This vaccine was approved on December 20 in the EU and its use in France is still subject to the opinion of the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS). This opinion is expected “in the days to come”, according to the Ministry of Health.


Iraq announces that it has identified the first cases of the very contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, raising fears of a “new wave” in a country where the vaccination of the population is sluggish and barrier gestures are largely ignored.


Travelers arriving in France from South Africa and having a complete vaccination schedule are no longer subject to a ten-day quarantine, according to a decree published on Thursday.

South Africa moving from the “scarlet red” category to the “red” category, the ten-day quarantine remains mandatory only for travelers whose vaccination schedule is not complete.


Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo on Wednesday decreed the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for all civil servants in the country, announced the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre.

“Today (Wednesday) we signed a decree with the president where vaccination is made compulsory for all civil servants ‘because’ if there is something that cannot stop, it is government facilities, which must continue to function, “he told reporters.

A public official who does not wish to be vaccinated “will have to present a negative test every Monday to his manager or to human resources”, he said.


After three days of tumultuous debates, fueled by controversial remarks by Emmanuel Macron, ready to “piss off” the unvaccinated, the National Assembly adopted Thursday in the early morning at first reading the bill transforming the health pass into a pass vaccine.

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