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.
Europe is experiencing a respite comparable to a “ceasefire” in the coronavirus epidemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which called on Thursday to seize this chance by continuing vaccination, in particular in Africa.
“The pandemic is not over but we are in the unique position of being able to take control and we should not waste this opportunity”, pleaded Hans Kluge, regional director of the WHO during an online press conference. .
Six people in the German delegation for the 2022 Olympics tested positive for Covid-19 when they arrived in Beijing on Thursday, the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) announced without specifying whether there were any athletes among them.
Britain has approved Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it the fifth vaccine in Britain’s arsenal against Covid-19, the government has announced. The United Kingdom, which is among the hardest hit by the pandemic with more than 157,000 deaths, has already approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.
Thanks to the current strong immunity across Europe and the lesser severity of Omicron, the continent is in a “ceasefire” situation which could lead to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, estimated Thursday the European branch of the WHO.
With the end of winter, “this period of higher protection must be seen as a ‘ceasefire’ which could bring us lasting peace,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge during a meeting. an online press conference.
This situation can only last if immunity is preserved by continuing vaccination campaigns and monitoring of new variants, he nevertheless specified, urging the health authorities to protect the most vulnerable populations.
Norwegian Simen Krüger, 2018 Olympic skiathlon champion, will not be able to participate in the 2022 Olympic Games skiathlon on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19, the Norwegian Ski Federation announced on Thursday. Krüger has not yet been able to reach China due to his positive test.
The four Norwegians lined up on Sunday in the skiathlon (15 km classic style + 15 km free style) will therefore be Johannes Klaebo, Hans Christer Holund, Sjur Roethe and Paal Golberg.
The Swedish government announced Thursday to lift almost all of its anti-Covid measures from February 9, in the face of a pandemic that has entered a “new phase” with the contagious but a priori less severe Omicron variant.
Among the internal measures that will be lifted, bars and restaurants will no longer be required to close at 11:00 p.m. and the gauge for gatherings will be lifted.