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Covid-19: England reopens its businesses after four months of closure

2021-04-12T05:40:59.016Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.



While the pandemic has killed nearly 3 million people worldwide, including nearly 100,000 in France, England is reopening its businesses after four months of closure.

A success for the United Kingdom, which has led a vaccination campaign at full speed by administering nearly 40 million doses or 58% of its first-vaccinated population (but only 11% of double doses).

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  • England reopens its businesses

Non-essential businesses such as hairdressers, pub terraces and gyms reopen Monday, April 12 in England, confined since January.

The other British nations are following their own strategy.

"

I'm sure this will be a huge relief for the owners of businesses that have been closed for so long and for everyone else, this is the opportunity to get back to doing some of the things that we love and have missed

", s British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is delighted.

The country, confined for the third time in early January (with regions like London confined from mid-December), has seen its health situation improve significantly since then.

It now has less than 3,000 cases and less than 50 deaths per day.

Fewer than 3,000 Covid-19 patients are treated in hospitals compared to nearly 40,000 at the peak in January.

Nearly 60% of the population has received a first dose, the majority of those under 50, the authorities expect to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Read also: Covid-19: Is the UK at risk of running out of vaccines for its second doses?

  • France opens vaccination to people over 55

All French people aged 55 and over will be eligible for vaccination from Monday with AstraZeneca or soon the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, announced the French Minister of Health Olivier Véran in

the Sunday Journal

.

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To speed up vaccination, the injection interval for the 2nd dose will be extended for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, currently reserved for over 70s or people with co-morbidities, the minister also announced.

They will also be able to receive that of Johnson & Johnson, delivered in France from Monday and offered, "

for consistency and concern for efficiency, to all over 55, without conditions

".

Read also: Covid-19: can we say that France “produces” vaccines?

Confined for the third time, the country is approaching the 100,000 dead mark.

  • China gives 200,000 doses to Cameroon, Venezuela launches Cuban vaccine

Cameroon has received a donation of 200,000 doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the Chinese firm Sinopharm.

The doses will be used to launch the first phase of a vaccination plan by administering them in two injections to 100,000 people.

Read also: Covid-19: the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines is not "very high", recognizes a senior official

For its part, Venezuela has announced that it will soon produce a Cuban anti-Covid vaccine, up to two million doses per month from August.

"

We signed an agreement to produce in our laboratories [...] two million doses per month of the Abdala vaccine, around August, September

", declared on television the head of state, including Cuba is a close ally.

The president also announced that his country would participate in phase 3 clinical trials of this vaccine candidate, with which Havana had already started to vaccinate 124,000 health workers at the end of March as part of a large-scale test among populations in risk.

  • Record of contaminations in Ontario

Canada's most populous province, Ontario, on Sunday recorded more than 4,400 new Covid-19 contaminations, a record for a single day since the start of the pandemic in this region.

Health officials have reported 4,456 new cases and 21 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from the disease to 7,552 in the province, hit by a third wave of Covid.

  • India bans the export of remdesivir

India has banned the export of remdesivir, used to treat Covid-19, as rising infections have resulted in a "

sudden surge in demand

"

in the country

for this antiviral treatment.

A study supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that this drug had "

little or no effect

" on patient mortality.

Read also: Covid-19: WHO opposed to the use of remdesivir

  • Confinement for Thai New Year

About 40 Thai provinces have imposed entry restrictions and quarantine measures for visitors from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand, fearing an extension of the epidemic on the eve of the New Year's holidays. Year.

Source: lefigaro

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