In France, the average number of contaminations over a week continues to drop, but it has stabilized for three days.
The latest assessment in France, in 24 hours, reports 30 deaths.
Fewer than 7,000 people are hospitalized against more than 7,000 a week earlier;
1145 are in critical care.
The incidence rate tends to stabilize.
75.5% of the total population are fully vaccinated.
Worldwide, at least 4.857 million people have died from the disease.
Almost 6.5 billion doses of vaccine have been injected.
Without recommending it to the general population, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the injection of an additional dose of vaccine for immunocompromised people.
She recommends the same for those over 60 who are immunized with vaccines from Chinese companies Sinovac and Sinopharm.
> The events of the day:
7:20 a.m. A life as if the Covid-19 hardly existed in Serbia.
In Serbia, it is as if the pandemic is over. The bars are crowded, masks rare and restrictions almost non-existent. But this is an illusion, because the Balkan country is the world leader in the rate of contamination and the doctors there say "in survival mode". The vaccination rate peaks at 40% and only 22% among 18-30 year olds. Doctors are asking for strict measures, refused by the political power on the grounds that they would be unenforced and uncontrollable. For the head of the doctors' union, Rade Panic, government reluctance can be explained by the elections scheduled for the spring and the virulence of vaccine-skeptics.
7 hours. An investment plan to end the crisis.
President Emmanuel Macron details in the morning the priority sectors of the “France 2030” plan to “bring out the champions of tomorrow”, in the face of Chinese and American competition and criticism of the “decline” of France. Hydrogen, semiconductors or even electric batteries and small SMR nuclear reactors should be among the areas concerned. This plan will also make it possible to detail the exit strategy from the Covid-19 crisis, which thus takes a third step after that of the emergency measures put in place since March 2020 and that of the 100 billion recovery plan.
6:40 am. No vaccination requirement in Texas.
The Republican governor of the US state of Texas, Gregg Abbott, announced Monday that he was prohibiting all entities in his state, including private companies, from imposing a vaccination requirement on their employees or consumers. “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and is our best defense against the virus, but it should always be voluntary and never forced. The move comes a month after President Joe Biden declared vaccination will be mandatory for 100 million workers, federal government officials and private sector employees.
6:20 am. "Historic" failure of the British government.
A damning parliamentary report claims the UK government and its scientific advisers made serious mistakes and accumulated significant delays in dealing with the onset of the pandemic. It is "one of the biggest public health failures the UK has ever seen". The study, carried out by two parliamentary committees after months of hearings, says Boris Johnson's government has "deliberately" taken a "gradual and gradual approach" instead of more drastic measures. This "bad" decision, which made the United Kingdom one of the most affected countries in Europe with almost 138,000 deaths, is due in particular to the opinions of scientists who advised the executive power.
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