In France, 436 deaths caused by the new coronavirus have been recorded in 24 hours according to the latest report.
A total of 47,134 people have died since the start of the pandemic.
4,653 patients are currently being cared for in intensive care services in France, against 4,759 on Wednesday and 4,884 a week ago.
Emmanuel Macron must intervene next week to present new measures.
Black Friday will be postponed to December 4 in France.
The arrival of vaccines is becoming clearer and France is preparing.
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Uncertainty about movements.
"The evolution of the health situation will tell (...) what are the possible displacements".
Asked about Europe 1, the Minister Delegate for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, agrees with the government spokesman who asks to wait until next week and the speech of President Macron to organize himself for the holidays of end of year.
“We can see that today it is rather positive but still fragile.
You can book your ticket to Marseille.
What I, as Minister of Transport, cannot guarantee you is that travel will be possible for leisure reasons, ”he explains.
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari: "The evolution of the health situation will give the possible trips. I asked the SNCF to be ready in mid-December." # Europe1 pic.twitter.com/u3oKxtjXvE
- Europe 1 🎧🌍📻 (@ Europe1) November 20, 2020
France has probably passed the peak of the second wave.
The peak of the second wave has undoubtedly been crossed in France, announces the health agency Public Health France.
“Even though the indicators remain at high levels, their observation suggests that the epidemic peak of the second wave has been crossed,” she said.
She asks to maintain "preventive measures".
Billions of lost profits in trade.
The shortfall in non-essential businesses could reach 10.8 billion euros for the period November-December, said credit insurer Euler Hermes on Friday.
If this binding measure were to apply only during the month of November, the shortfall would fall to 4.4 billion euros.
A little patience for Christmas.
“For Christmas, our wish is to give visibility,” reiterates government spokesperson Gabriel Attal on franceinfo.
“The President of the Republic will give prospects next week.
The French want to be fixed as quickly as possible and I understand them ”.
But to book train tickets or plan trips, "it is better to wait until next week."
Christmas holidays: "It is better to wait until next week rather than rush," says Gabriel Attal, who cannot yet specify the day when Emmanuel Macron will speak pic.twitter.com/HETfpRa6Cy
- franceinfo (@franceinfo) November 20, 2020
The figures for contamination in National Education.
The Ministry of National Education communicates its official figures concerning the number of cases of Covid-19 in schools.
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20 establishments (schools, colleges or high schools) are closed out of a total of 61,500. The number of closed classes is 222 out of 528,000.
13,870 students out of 12.4 million are positive for Covid-19.
The staff are 2011 to be concerned out of 1,162,850. These data are up for students, down for staff, according to official data.
Death of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Patriarch Irinej, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), died on Friday from Covid-19.
His death comes three weeks after celebrating the funeral of the head of this Church in Montenegro, also a victim of the new coronavirus.
The prolonged border closure between Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The closure of the borders between the United States and their two Canadian and Mexican neighbors, in force since March, will be extended until December 21, announces the American Minister of Homeland Security.
WHO opposes the use of remdesivir.
The World Health Organization recommends against administering remdesivir to hospitalized Covid-19 patients.
This antiviral drug does not prevent death or severe forms of the disease, she considers.
Its panel of experts underlines "the possibility of significant side effects" as well as "the relatively high cost and logistical implications", since the drug "must be administered intravenously".
In France, the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) considers that the benefit of remdesivir, its “actual benefit”, is “low”.
In addition, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on October 2 that it is studying reports that “acute kidney problems” could be linked to taking remdesivir.
Vaccines developed with seriousness.
Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a highly respected scientific figure in the United States, assured Thursday that the vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna against Covid-19, although developed in record time, are safe.
"The speed of the process in no way compromised safety, nor scientific integrity," he said.
"The extraordinary scientific advances in this type of vaccine have enabled us to do in a matter of months what previously took years."
The catastrophic figures of air transport.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) will hold its 76th General Assembly by videoconference on Tuesday.
The sector is undergoing a historic crisis with no prospect of clear improvement in the short term.
For all of 2020, Iata estimates the drop in traffic at 66%.
The 2019 level will not be regained at best until 2024. In 2020, the turnover of the sector is expected to have halved.
Nearly 60% of companies are expected to reduce their workforce when tens of thousands of jobs have already been cut.
Two Chinese vaccines given to a million people.
Nearly a million people have already benefited from “emergency” inoculations of two experimental anti-Covid vaccines from the Chinese firm Sinopharm.
The pharmaceutical company does not provide clinical data showing their effectiveness.
She just explains “not having had any feedback reporting serious adverse reactions”.
Particularly exposed workers such as caregivers are affected by injections.
According to Sinopharm, none of the people vaccinated got sick.
Contamination between the United States and Lithuania.
A senior US defense official tested positive Thursday after meeting in Washington, the US capital, with the Lithuanian Minister of Defense last week.
He also tested positive.
During his visit, Raimundas Karoblis met with Acting Defense Minister Chris Miller and the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
They are negative for now.
Mexico crosses the 100,000 dead mark.
In Mexico, more than 100,000 people have now died from the new coronavirus.
Almost 1,020,000 cases have been recorded there.
Relative to the population, the number of deaths is 1.12 times greater in Mexico than in France.
Mexico is the 4th country to cross the 100,000 death mark, behind the United States, Brazil and India.
It is the eleventh country in the world in number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (77), according to AFP statistics.
“Moral contract” in Quebec.
The Premier of Quebec on Thursday offered a "moral contract" to Quebecers to fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
They can gather as a family for four days at Christmas;
in return, they will limit contacts one week before and after the holidays.
From December 24 to 27, gatherings of up to ten people will be permitted.
In addition, in areas on red alert, due to the spread of the disease, bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and libraries in particular will remain closed until January 11.
They are suspicious of the next vaccine.
According to a study by the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, reluctance to vaccine against the coronavirus does not (necessarily) rhyme with conspiracy.
Many French people doubt the effectiveness of the vaccine, fear the lack of perspective and its side effects.
This is the case for 35% of men and 50% of women.
Women are more sensitive to side effects of drugs than men.
Young people are also less inclined to take the next injection course than their elders.
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It's an abandoned taxi ...
Near London, the fields of taxis parked because of the pandemic are blooming With the pandemic, finding a ride has become very complicated for the "cabs", the legendary black London taxis.
In a city center emptied of its inhabitants by a second confinement, the drivers have for the most part made the choice to return their rental taxi.
Overwhelmed by the influx of returns, the rental companies found themselves forced to store them in fields near London.
No national re-containment in the United States.
This is what assures Joe Biden, American president-elect.
Restrictions in the states are increasing, but the Democrat explains that he will not take this general measure, despite the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States in recent weeks.
The epidemic is in an "exponential" phase, according to health authorities.
More than 200,000 new cases in 24 hours were recorded Thursday, as well as more than 2,000 deaths, a bar that had not been crossed for months.
Americans have been urged not to travel on Thanksgiving, November 26, the largest family holiday in the United States, when attendance records are traditionally broken at airports and on the roads.
Public museums and the zoo in the capital Washington will close their doors from Monday in the face of the increase in Covid-19 cases in the United States, the institution that manages these establishments announced Thursday.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered schools to close at least until the first week of December.
In the rest of the state, a curfew has been imposed on bars and restaurants.
The governor of California announced on Thursday that much of the state would be placed under curfew from Saturday until December 21 to deal with "a rapid and unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases ".
Over 9 million cases in India.
It is the second highest national total in the world after that of the United States.
The coronavirus has infected more than 9,004,000 people, say Indian health authorities, and killed 132,162.
However, many experts believe that the actual figure is much higher, due to a relatively low number of tests.
India has seen its number of new infections drop in recent weeks, but it still records an average of 45,000 new cases per day.
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