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DIRECT – Coronavirus: New record with 501,635 new contaminations 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 French public health agency has just announced a new record for contamination in 24 hours with 501,635 new cases.


Gymnast Szilveszter Csollany, anti-vaccine but vaccinated, died on Monday of Covid-19 at the age of 51. The Olympic champion in Sydney in 2000 contracted the coronavirus in early December and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Placed on life support, his state of health continued to deteriorate and he eventually succumbed.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Szilveszter Csollany,” the national gymnastics federation and the Olympic Committee said in a statement, hailing an “exceptional” athlete.


One month after its opening to 5-11 year olds, vaccination of children remains very much in the minority in France. The government now wants to speed it up by simplifying certain rules, but the health authorities are struggling to clearly explain the merits of this measure.

“The objective (…) is that we vaccinate all eligible children,” said an official from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday during a press conference. We are far from it. Open just before Christmas to all children aged 5 to 11, vaccination does not take off at home.


The agreement of a single parent becomes sufficient again to vaccinate 5-11 year olds against Covid-19, announced Tuesday the Ministry of Health, which is seeking to get vaccinations in children off the ground.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been forced to announce the postponement of her wedding, due to new restrictions decided by her government to deal with the resurgence of the epidemic of Covid-19 and its variant Omicron .


The Pfizer-BioNTech alliance has started recruiting for a clinical trial which aims to test, on adults aged 55 and under, the safety and immune response of their vaccine against Covid-19 which specifically targets the Omicron variant. the two companies announced on Tuesday.

The boss of the American laboratory Pfizer, Albert Bourla, had declared in early January that the pharmaceutical giant could be ready to request authorizations for the new vaccine, which targets this variant of Covid-19, as early as March.

While current data indicates that booster doses of the original vaccine protect against severe forms of Omicron, the company prefers to err on the side of caution, Pfizer head of vaccines Kathrin Jansen said in the statement.


Nine million French people could lose their vaccination pass on February 15 if they have not taken their booster dose by then, warned Olivier Véran on Tuesday, specifying that the pass would be maintained “as long as a threat weighs on the hospitals”.

“There are still 9 million French people who could lose the benefit of the vaccination pass on February 15 if they have not taken their booster dose”, declared the Minister of Health on LCI. On this date, the period for carrying out this booster dose will be reduced to four months (compared to seven previously) after the last injection.


“We will end up at 15, 16, 17, 18 million French people infected with Omicron, we have never seen that”, declared this morning the president of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy, guest of France Info. “The wave on hospitalization will be very heavy on France until about mid-March,” he also warned.


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