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Covid-19: the epidemic has been decreasing for five days in France


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

France has fallen to 33,000 daily cases, a clear decrease, but "


", for the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, who evokes a territorialized deconfinement.

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In the United States, and soon in India, the vaccine is offered to all citizens, while the WHO is against the idea of ​​a compulsory vaccination passport for international travelers.

  • Olivier Véran: "For five days, we have started to decrease the epidemic"

In an interview with



on Monday, April 19

, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, indicated that France had started "

a decrease in the epidemic

" for five days, while insisting that this decline remained "




There are fewer new cases every day: it had risen to 40,000, it is now around 33,000 cases every day on average



he explains.


This decrease remains fragile,

" he warned, however.

Olivier Véran also confirmed the reopening of schools, and he defended the idea of ​​territorialized deconfinement, that is to say according to the epidemic situation.

Read also: Covid-19: Europe bets on vaccines to counter variants

  • Vaccine for all in the United States and soon in India

All citizens living in the United States can now be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Some 50.4% of Americans over 18 have already received at least one dose, 32.5% are fully vaccinated, according to the main US federal public health agency.

Read also: Vaccines: will a third dose be necessary?

Vaccination will be open on May 1 to all adults in India, which is hit by a second massive wave of the epidemic.

This announcement comes as the authorities in New Delhi have imposed a one-week lockdown on its 20 million inhabitants.

India on Monday identified a new record for new contaminations: 273,810 cases over 24 hours.

Read also: Covid-19: India becomes the new epicenter of the pandemic

  • A WHO committee against the vaccine passport

The World Health Organization's emergency committee on Covid, responsible for guiding the head of the WHO, said Monday April 19 that it was not in favor of a compulsory vaccination passport for international travelers.

France, for its part, has begun its experiments with a "

health pass

" which could foreshadow the system expected at the end of June by Brussels to certify the results of tests and anti-Covid vaccination, and "


" travel within the EU.

Read also: No, you will not need to be vaccinated to travel this summer

  • The Greta Thunberg Foundation supports the Covax

Greta Thunberg's foundation will pay 100,000 euros to the Covax system to fight against "

the tragedy of vaccine inequality

" in the face of the pandemic, denounced by the young Swedish environmental activist.

Just like with climate change, we have to help the most vulnerable first,

” said Greta Thunberg.

  • No Sputnik for the Czechs

The Czech government, in the midst of a diplomatic confrontation with Russia, has ruled out using the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. "

The only way now is to rely on vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency

", said Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek.

  • "Bubble" between Australia and New Zealand, first case of Covid

A travel "


" came into effect on Monday allowing nationals of Australia and New Zealand to travel without quarantine between the two countries, both of which have a good record in the face of the pandemic.

An Auckland airport employee, however, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has indicated that this should not have an impact on this "bubble", the two countries

"having accepted that there are cases"


  • Rio reopens its beaches and Portugal its restaurants

Despite still very high mortality figures and a

very contagious



, Rio de Janeiro reopens its beaches on Monday, after doing the same in early April with its bars and restaurants.

Portugal entered the third phase of a gradual deconfinement started a month ago on Monday, with the reopening of shopping centers, the interiors of cafes and restaurants, theaters, high schools and universities.

  • China: spectators at a football match

This is an image that has become unusual in football since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic: 30,000 spectators are expected to attend the opening game of the 2021 season of the Chinese Championship on Tuesday.

  • And soon at the US Open

A limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend the Women's US Open June 3-6 in San Francisco, followed by the Men's US Open June 17-20 in Torrey Pines, near San Diego.

  • More than 3 million dead

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 3,020,765 people around the world since the onset of the disease, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 10 a.m. GMT.

The United States is the country with the highest death toll with 567,217 deaths, followed by Brazil (374,682), Mexico (212,339), India (178,769) and the United Kingdom (127,270).

These figures are globally underestimated.

They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

  • 900 million doses

At least 901.6 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Monday at 5:00 p.m. GMT.

At least 206 countries or territories, accounting for 97.5% of the world's population, have now started immunizing.

Source: lefigaro

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