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DIRECT – Coronavirus: nearly 4,000 patients hospitalized in critical care

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.


To date, 631 unvaccinated nursing staff from Guadeloupe have registered for support towards professional retraining, authorities said Tuesday at a press conference.


The pressure due to the fifth wave of Covid is further accentuating the hospital, which has nearly 24,000 patients with this disease, including nearly 4,000 in critical care, according to figures released Wednesday evening by Public Health France.

The number of new confirmed cases stands at 361,719, a few thousand less than the day before (368,149), but 40,000 more than seven days earlier. By calculating the average of daily contaminations over the last seven days, which makes it possible to smooth the gaps, the number of Covid cases reached 287,603, against 198,200 a week ago.


Hit hard by the Omicron wave, Denmark has announced that it will offer a fourth dose of the anti-Covid vaccine to the most vulnerable.

“This is a new chapter with the decision to offer a fourth dose to the most vulnerable citizens”, who received their third injection at the start of the recall campaign in the fall, said Health Minister Magnus Heunicke , during a press conference. He also announced the reopening on Sunday of cultural institutions closed since December 19.


The United States will increase by 10 million the monthly number of tests for Covid-19 intended for schools in order to keep them open, announced the White House, as the wave of contaminations threatens to make inevitable a return to the ‘Distance Learning.


The Versailles administrative court on Wednesday suspended the prefectural decree making it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in the Yvelines department, a first on the national territory, AFP learned in a press release.

Seized by individuals, the summary judge considered that this “obligation could be imposed only on condition that the local epidemiological situation justifies it and that the wearing of the mask is limited to places and at times of heavy traffic”, perhaps read on the press release. He therefore considered that the measure “unduly, disproportionately and inappropriately interfered with (…) individual liberty”.


The Omicron variant, which is spreading at a rate the world has not seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, “remains a dangerous virus” even though it causes less severe symptoms, the WHO boss on Wednesday.


The Omicron variant could be “the beginning of the end” of the Covid-19 pandemic, estimated the Swiss government, which out of prudence wishes to extend the measures taken to stem the 5th wave until the end of March.


The risks of hospitalization related to Covid are 69% lower with Omicron than with Delta, Norwegian health authorities said on Wednesday, thus confirming the indications that this variant seems less dangerous. “Preliminary analysis of Norwegian data suggests that the risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 as the main cause is 69% lower with the Omicron variant compared to infections with the Delta variant,” writes the Norwegian Institute of Public Health ( FHI) in its weekly report.


The Swiss government decided on Wednesday to shorten the duration of patient isolation and the quarantine of contact cases to 5 days, while wishing to extend by two months the restrictions introduced in mid-December in the face of the surge in Covid-19 cases.


“The vaccine pass should come into effect next week,” said Gabriel Attal.


“With 300,000 cases per day, only 2% of classes are closed today,” said Gabriel Attal, government spokesman.


The Paris SG winter internship, initially scheduled from January 16 to 19 in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been postponed “in view of the health situation in France,” the Parisian club announced on Wednesday.

“In view of the health situation in France, Paris Saint-Germain has decided to preserve the health of its staff and its players to postpone the Qatar Winter Tour 2022 and the friendly match in Riyadh”, which was scheduled for Wednesday January 19 against a selection of local players, the club said in a statement.


A hundred Rwandans have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent days, claiming to flee the vaccination against Covid-19, often compulsory in their country, we learned from local sources on Wednesday.

They came in small groups in canoes to the south of the island of Idjwi, located on Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda and the DRC, where the authorities are however seeking to formally identify their profile and the reasons for their arrival.


Between 500,000 and 700,000 people who have not recalled their Covid-19 vaccine theoretically risk having their health pass deactivated on Saturday, a number, however, undoubtedly overestimated, the Minister of Health said on Wednesday.

“We have roughly between 500 and 700,000 (people) who, two days ago had not yet received their reminder,” said Olivier Véran on franceinfo, stressing however that the number of passes deactivated on that date- stopper would undoubtedly be lower.


The pressure due to the fifth wave of Covid is further accentuating the hospital, which has more than 23,000 patients, including nearly 4,000 in critical care, according to figures released Tuesday evening by Public Health France.

The number of new confirmed cases stands at 368,149, a new record if we take into account only the statements communicated each evening. But these data can be reviewed by the health authorities, who have thus established a posteriori that the milestone of 400,000 new cases (409,370) had been crossed on January 3.


The French-speaking province of Canada wants to introduce a new tax only for the unvaccinated. The government of the French-speaking province of Canada hard hit by the Omicron wave wants this “health contribution” to represent a “significant amount”, still under discussion.

“It’s not up to all Quebeckers to pay,” said Quebec Prime Minister François Egault.

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