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đź”´LIVE – Coronavirus: hospitalizations up slightly

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 people hospitalized and admitted to intensive care due to Covid-19 rose slightly on Tuesday, according to health authorities.

Some 32,894 patients are currently in hospital with a Covid diagnosis (compared to 30,189 seven days ago and 32,374 on Monday), according to Santé Publique France. Critical care services welcomed 3,751 patients, slightly more than the day before (3,700), and slightly more than last Tuesday (3,741 patients).


Guillaume Rozier, founder of Covidtracker and Vitemadose, indicates on Twitter that the “epidemic peak seems to have passed”, with a drop in contamination over a week. “416,896 cases published today, down 17% compared to last Tuesday”, he notes in particular.


The president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, Brigitte Henriques, and the head of the Olympic delegation Nathalie PĂ©chalat have tested positive for Covid and cannot yet fly to the Beijing Olympics, the CNOSF said on Tuesday. in a press release.


Portuguese Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, two days after his victory in the legislative elections, his cabinet said in a statement.


The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it is too early for countries to claim victory over Covid-19 or abandon their attempts to stem transmission of the virus.

“It is premature for any country to surrender or declare victory,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference, worried about rising deaths in most parts of the world.


The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are preparing to ask the American health authorities to authorize their vaccine against Covid-19 for children under the age of 5, several media reported on Monday in the United States.

If approved, the vaccine from the two companies would become the first available in the United States for this age group.

The request for authorization from the US Medicines Agency (FDA) could be filed as early as Tuesday, says the Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter. The daily specifies, like the New York Times or public radio NPR, that the request only concerns a two-dose regimen, not three.


The next Long Course World Swimming Championships, organized in Fukuoka, have been postponed once again, from May 2022 to July 2023, due to “the pandemic situation and the measures currently in force in Japan”, announces the International Federation of swimming (Fina) in a press release on Tuesday.

Initially, these Worlds were scheduled for the summer of 2021, but they had been postponed for the first time after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics by one year, from 2020 to 2021.

Consequently, the following World Championships, originally scheduled for November 2023 in Doha in Qatar, “will take place in January 2024”, six months from the 2024 Olympics in Paris, adds the Fina.


Despite the omnipresence of Covid-19, Denmark on Tuesday becomes the first country in the European Union to lift all its restrictions, considering itself able to do so thanks to its high vaccination coverage and the lesser severity of the variant. Omicron.

After a first attempt of two months between September and November, masks, health passes and reduced openings of bars and restaurants will once again become ancient history in the Nordic kingdom.

“I’m very happy that it’s over tomorrow. It’s good for city life, nightlife, just being able to be outside longer,” 17-year-old high school student Thea Skovgaard told AFP on Monday.


End of gauges, wearing a mask outdoors, compulsory teleworking: after other European countries, France begins Wednesday to lift the restrictions linked to Covid despite a number of contaminations still very high.

On January 20, the government cleared the horizon of the French, blocked by nearly two years of pandemic, by detailing a schedule for alleviating the constraints weighing on daily life.

Thanks to the new vaccination pass, which replaced the old health pass at the end of January, “we will be able in February to lift most of the restrictions taken to curb the epidemic”, promised the Prime Minister, Jean Castex. Promise kept: the relief of constraints takes effect this Wednesday.

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