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LIVE – Coronavirus: Omicron’s ‘sub-variant’ BA.2 is more contagious than the original

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 increase in the number of people hospitalized and admitted to intensive care due to Covid-19 continued on Monday, according to health authorities.

Some 32,374 patients are currently in hospital with a Covid diagnosis (compared to 29,748 seven days ago and 31,536 on Sunday). Critical care services welcomed 3,700 patients, slightly more than the day before (3,641 patients), but less than last Monday (3,776). The number of new cases stood at 82,657: it is always lower on Mondays due to the weekend.


Omicron’s “sub-variant”, BA.2, is more contagious than the original BA.1, according to a Danish study released on Monday. “The study shows that if someone in your household is infected with BA.2, there is a 39% overall risk that another member of the household will be infected within the first week. In contrast, if the person is infected with BA.1, the risk is 29%,” the Danish Infectious Diseases Control Authority (SSI) said in a statement.


The European rule setting the period of validity of the vaccination certificate against Covid-19 at 9 months, in the absence of a booster dose, for travel within the EU, will come into force on Tuesday February 1, recalled Monday the European Commission.


Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, which until now only had emergency use authorization in the United States, is now fully authorized in the country for people aged 18 and over, health authorities announced on Monday. .


The Canadian Prime Minister announces that he is positive for Covid-19.


The head of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus has warned that a dozen unvaccinated priests will be suspended from Tuesday if they fail to follow church rules on Covid-19.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II told public radio CyBC on Sunday that he would send priests home if they still refused to be vaccinated and urged the faithful not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

According to him, 27 of 123 priests in his diocese have not been vaccinated, including 15 who are exempt for medical reasons.


Accused of giving free rein to Covid-19 misinformation in its podcasts, Swedish audio streaming giant Spotify announced measures on Sunday to try to address the growing controversy led by folk-rock legend Neil Young.

The CEO and founder of the world number one, Daniel Ek, announced measures in the evening, including the introduction of links in all his podcasts evoking the Covid, which will guide his users to factual and scientifically sourced information. An effective measure “in the coming days”, he promised.


The president of the Olympic Games-2024 organizing committee Tony Estanguet, positive for Covid-19, will not travel to Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Games, Paris-2024 announced on Monday.

Tony Estanguet, whose state of health has not been specified, was to come to the Chinese capital during the first part of the 2022 Olympics, which begin on Friday.

According to Paris-2024, the director general of the organizing committee Etienne Thobois could travel to observe the progress of these Games with a reduced team.


Opponents of health measures against Covid-19 demonstrated for the second day in a row on Sunday in the Canadian capital Ottawa, while truckers sympathizing with the “Freedom Convoy” blocked a cross-border highway at the other end of the country, in Western Canada.

“This afternoon, a large police cohort remains at work across the city center, continuing to manage the movement of protesters and trucks,” Ottawa police said in a statement on Sunday, adding that their resources were “ under pressure and fully occupied”.

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