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LIVE – Coronavirus: Russia has recorded more than 660,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic

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.


More than 660,000 deaths have been recorded in Russia since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.


The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) has ruled inadmissible 253 serial complaints filed against the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti for public insults towards individuals, announced Friday the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation in a press release.

These 253 complaints had been written in identical terms from a form posted online by the lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio, a figure of the familiar anti-pass movement known for his appeals and massive collective actions.

On Monday, the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation had already announced that he had dismissed 19,685 “standard” complaints, also drawn up from a paid form by Me Di Vizio and filed against several members of the government, denouncing in particular the health pass and the promotion of vaccination against Covid-19.


The ANSM Medicines Agency has rejected the request for authorization of synthetic antibodies against Covid-19 produced by the French company Xenothera, for lack of proven “therapeutic interest” at this stage, she said on Friday.

The Nantes-based laboratory had requested authorization for its drug Xav-19 in the treatment of “moderate lung damage due to Covid-19”. “At this stage, the data provided by the laboratory do not allow clinical demonstration of the therapeutic interest of polyclonal antibodies” for this indication, writes the agency, according to which it is not proven that the benefit-risk ratio is positive. .


The Congolese head of state Denis Sassou Nguesso on Friday asked the police, gendarmes and soldiers, vaccinated according to him at 99% against Covid-19, to raise awareness among the population, whose overall vaccination coverage barely exceeds 10%.

“The public force is more than 99% vaccinated. It is an example of cohesion and discipline”, declared the president during a ceremony of port of badges of rank. “I invite him to get in touch with the people, to participate in raising their awareness, so that they adhere to the process initiated”, he added.


Pharmacists, nurses and midwives should be “authorized to prescribe and administer” all the vaccines planned from the age of 16, recommends the High Authority for Health (HAS) in a notice made public on Friday.

The Covid blew up the dikes. Pharmacists, nurses and midwives have “greatly contributed to the rise of the vaccination campaign” against the coronavirus and have been able to “demonstrate the interest” of “expanding vaccination skills”, observes the HAS in a press release .


The European Commission was pinned on Friday by the EU ombudsman after its refusal to transmit to the press text messages exchanged by its president with the CEO of Pfizer on the purchases of vaccines against Covid-19.

The mediator, Emily O’Reilly, has asked that Ursula von der Leyen’s office carry out “further research” in order to find these messages and assess whether their content can be revealed in accordance with the rules of transparency applicable to documents. of the EU.

The Commission will consider updating its policy on access to documents, said a spokesperson interviewed during a press briefing on Friday, without wanting to give more details.


More than three-quarters of eligible caregivers have already received the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which will be compulsory for them to be able to practice from Sunday, under penalty of being suspended without pay.


Iceland plans to lift all its Covid-19 restrictions by mid-March, the culmination of a three-step relaxation plan presented by the government on Friday.


A compromise between rich and developing countries could be found on the lifting of patents for vaccines against Covid-19 in “the next few weeks”, estimated the director general of the WTO Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.


The Ministry of National Education announces the postponement of the baccalaureate specialty tests to mid-May.


Omnipresent for several weeks in contaminations, the Omicron variant is now linked to more than one in two deaths with Covid-19 in hospital, according to figures published Friday by the Ministry of Health.

Present in 99% of positive PCR tests, 88% of admissions to conventional hospitalization and 79% of admissions to critical care, Omicron also affected 57% of deaths “occurring in hospital with Covid-19” during the week from 17 to January 23, specifies the direction of statistics (Drees) in a press release. Over this same period, Public Health France recorded 1,598 Covid-related deaths in hospital.


The Ministry of Education published the latest figures related to the Covid-19 epidemic in schools on Friday morning. 21,049 classes are currently closed in France and half a million students have tested positive over the past seven days.


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