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LIVE – Coronavirus: nearly 40,000 people demonstrated against the vaccine pass in France

As hospital pressure stabilizes, the government unveiled the timetable for the easing of restrictive measures on Thursday January 20. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France and around the world.


The number of patients with Covid-19 hospitalized in critical care continues to decline, but slowly, with 3,746 patients, according to figures from Public Health France published on Saturday.

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Nearly 40,000 people, including 5,200 in Paris, participated in protests against the vaccination pass in France on Saturday, a sharp drop in participation compared to last Saturday, according to figures given by the Ministry of the Interior. Last Saturday, they were 54,000 to parade in the streets.


Twelve players and members of the management of Comoros have tested positive for Covid-19, including the only two goalkeepers available for the selection which is due to play in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday against the Cameroonian host, the federation announced on Saturday. “The + Coelacanths + affected by the Covid with 12 positive cases, among them, coach Amir Abdou, our only two guardians: Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada”, tweeted the federation two days before a historic meeting for the archipelago, qualified for the round of 16 for his first participation in the premier competition of African football.


Two men and a woman suspected of having assaulted LREM MP Stéphane Claireaux outside his home in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon on January 9, during a demonstration against the health pass, were arrested on Thursday and indicted the next day. , the national gendarmerie announced on Saturday.

Acting within the framework of an investigation in flagrance at the request of the public prosecutor of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the investigators of the research brigade of Saint-Pierre proceeded to the exploitation of a “ten videos broadcast on social networks as well as the hearing of around thirty identified witnesses”, explained the gendarmerie in a press release.


Russia on Saturday announced a new daily record for coronavirus infections for the second day in a row, as the Kremlin warned of the risks associated with the highly contagious Omicron variant.

The most bereaved country in Europe by Covid-19, Russia has recorded 57,212 new cases, after having recorded 49,513 the day before, according to government figures.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that his country had two weeks to prepare before being struck down by this variant, calling for accelerated testing and vaccination. The capital Moscow, epicenter of the epidemic in the country, also recorded a new record for the third day in a row, with 16,904 new cases.


The sale of self-tests in supermarkets, authorized since the beginning of January for a month, will be extended by two weeks, until February 15, according to a decree published on Saturday in the Official Journal.

“Considering that the retail authorization, on an exceptional basis, of self-tests outside pharmacies, has made it possible to meet the very high demand”, the executive judged that “the sustainability of the screening strategy , in a context of intense circulation of the Omicron variant (…) implies extending once the duration of this derogation by fifteen days, i.e. until February 15, 2022”, underlines the decree.

The authorization, announced at the end of December, had angered pharmacists who had until then had a monopoly on the sale of self-tests. In particular, they accused supermarkets of being responsible for stock shortages in certain pharmacies.


Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, scheduled for late February, have been postponed until April due to the new wave of Covid-19, authorities said on Friday. The new scheduled date is April 21, which marks the start of a long holiday weekend.

“The town halls of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have decided to postpone the parades of the samba schools” at the end of April, “due to the current situation of the pandemic in Brazil and the need to preserve lives”, announced in a statement from the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.

The decision to postpone the sambadrome parades in Rio, which attract tourists from around the world, as well as those in Sao Paulo, was announced after a virtual meeting between mayors, their health secretaries and representatives of samba schools in the two states.

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