The pressure on the hospital continues to drop in France, a billion vaccines will be distributed to poor countries, new quarantine in Chile despite an advanced vaccination, two positive cases on an American cruise despite the vaccination ... Here is an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
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In France, the pressure on the hospital continues to drop
Pressure on the hospital continues to decrease, with the number of people hospitalized at its lowest since the end of October, according to data released Thursday by Public Health France.
The number of people currently in critical care treating the most serious cases is 2,245 compared to 2,326 patients on Wednesday.
This figure is at the lowest since October 22.
74 people were admitted to critical care in 24 hours.
The G7 will pledge to distribute a billion vaccines to poor countries
G7 leaders will pledge to distribute one billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines to poor countries during their summit which is being held from Friday to Sunday, the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, announced on Thursday.
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The goal is to
"end the pandemic"
in 2022, said Downing Street, specifying that London would give 100 million excess doses thanks to the progress of its vaccination program.
The United States has for its part already committed to provide 500 million vaccines, which are counted in the billion doses of the G7.
Brazil: Supreme Court gives green light for Copa America
The Supreme Court of Brazil on Thursday authorized the conduct of the Copa América football in this country, however hard hit by the pandemic, a majority of its judges having rejected the appeals for the cancellation of the tournament.
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Two cases of Covid-19 aboard one of the first cruises in North America since the pandemic
Two individuals tested positive for Covid-19 Thursday aboard the Celebrity Millennium, one of the first cruise ships to sail in North America since the start of the pandemic, despite
"a crew and passengers vaccinated"
, a the cruise line Royal Caribbean announced in a press release.
Chile: new quarantine in the capital despite very advanced vaccination
Chilean health authorities on Thursday imposed a new total quarantine in the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile and its seven million inhabitants, due to the increase in cases of coronavirus although 57% of the target population is already fully vaccinated.
Africa: far from vaccination targets (WHO)
Nearly 90% of African countries will not meet the goal of vaccinating one tenth of their population by September, if they do not urgently receive at least 225 million doses of vaccine, the Organization warned on Thursday. World Health Organization (WHO).
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Insufficient vaccination in Europe
In Europe, 30% of the population has received a first dose of vaccine and 17% is fully vaccinated, the European branch of the WHO said Thursday, calling to avoid the
of the escalation of cases during the summer 2020.
South Africa "technically" in a third wave
South Africa has
" entered a 3rd wave of Covid-19, with more than 9,000 new contaminations identified in the past 24 hours, according to the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases.
Italy: two successful organ transplants from COVID-positive donors
Italy announced Thursday two organ transplants from donors who tested positive for Covid-19 to negative patients without causing infection in the latter, a
, according to the National Transplantation Center.
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Cycling: the Quebec and Montreal GPs canceled in 2021
The two major North American cycling prizes, scheduled for September 10 and 12 in Quebec City and Montreal, have been canceled due to health requirements related to the pandemic, the organization of the two Quebec races announced Thursday.
Moderna seeks authorization for its vaccine for adolescents in the United States
The American biotechnology company Moderna announced Thursday that it had filed with the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) an application for authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States.
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Germany: limited vaccination for young people aged 12 to 17
The German Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommended Thursday to limit the vaccination against Covid-19 of young people aged 12 to 17 to those already suffering from pathologies and who may thus develop serious forms of the new coronavirus.
More than 3.7 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 3,764,250 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Thursday.
After the United States, which has 598,765 dead, the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (482,019), India (359,676), Mexico (229,353) and Peru (187,479).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated.
They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.