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Live. Covid-19: the Assembly adopts at first reading the bill establishing the vaccine pass

5:50 am: The National Assembly adopts at first reading the bill establishing the vaccination pass

After three days of tumultuous debates, the National Assembly adopted this Thursday very early in first reading the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass.

The text has been validated by 214 votes for and 93 against and 27 abstentions. It must now be examined by the Senate early next week, for an entry into force that the government wanted on January 15 but which should be postponed.

5:49 am: Disturbed by the Covid, the November 13 trial resumes well this Thursday

Salah Abdeslam, the main accused in the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 who tested positive for Covid-19 last month, is able to appear at the hearing scheduled for Thursday, the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) announced on Wednesday. A first expertise carried out on Monday concluded that Salah Abdeslam was “fit both medically and healthily to attend the hearings of the Assize Court”.

5:47 am: The hospital a little more under pressure

The surge of contaminations keeps the pressure on hospitals, which admitted 2,483 new Covid patients on Wednesday, including 396 in critical care. More arrivals than departures, since 20,688 infected patients are now treated (+502) including 3,695 in critical care (+30). At the same time, health establishments have counted 246 deaths, bringing the human toll of the virus to 124,809.

This deterioration in health, coupled with bitter debates on the vaccination pass, is accompanied by a rebound in injections of first doses: more than 66,000 were inoculated in 24 hours according to the Directorate General of Health (DGS), a level that had not been reached since October 1. In total, 78.7% of French people have received at least one dose (53,070,067 people) and 76.9% are fully vaccinated (51,876,544).

5:46 am: Another contamination record broken Wednesday

More than 330,000 cases of Covid-19 were detected in 24 hours on Wednesday, shattering the previous record set the day before. Precisely 332,252 contaminations were identified by Public Health France, or 22% more than the 272,000 cases recorded on Tuesday. Over the last seven days, the average now covers 200,000 positive screenings.

5:45 am: Hello everyone and welcome to this live stream dedicated to the news of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.


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