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Covid-19: the French respect barrier gestures less, according to a study

2021-07-30T15:30:56.875Z

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.



Slackening in barrier gestures in France, large companies are regaining billions in profits, the state of emergency extended to Japan ...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Friday, July 30 on the latest information related to the Covid pandemic.

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  • About 85% of people hospitalized are unvaccinated, study finds

People not vaccinated against Covid-19 represent about 85% of patients hospitalized in France, including in intensive care, and 78% of deaths due to the virus, according to a study published Friday, which reconciles the vaccination status and hospital admissions.

Published for the first time, this study carried out by DREES, the statistical service of social ministries, combines data on the results of Covid-19 tests, anti-Covid-19 vaccinations and conventional hospitalizations or in critical care (resuscitation, intensive and continuing care) for this disease.

According to the first results, for a period from May 31 to July 11, unvaccinated people accounted for 84% of so-called conventional hospital admissions and 85% of critical care hospitalizations.

Completely vaccinated patients accounted for 7% of admissions, a proportion five times lower than the vaccination coverage of the population at the time.

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  • Barrier gestures: relaxation in the air

The French respect less the barrier gestures and attend more gatherings, shows Friday an investigation of Public Health France.

68.1% thus declare “

systematically wearing the mask in public

”, according to the 2,000 people questioned between July 15 and 21 as part of the survey.

They were 70.3% in the previous wave of the survey, between June 21 and 28, and 81.6% in mid-May.

Similarly, 62.5% say “

greet without shaking hands and avoiding hugs

”.

They were 66.4% at the end of June and 72.1% in mid-May.

This measure was respected by more than nine out of ten French people during the first confinement, in spring 2020, and eight out of ten during the second, in the fall.

As for hand hygiene, 60.1% wash them regularly, against 60.6% at the end of June and 62.9% in mid-May.

This proportion was around 70% during the second confinement.

The avoidance of groupings and face-to-face meetings with relatives, which is no longer the subject of official recommendations, is respected by a third (32.3%) of those questioned, against 36.7% end of June and 43.3% mid-May.

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  • Big companies regain billions in profits, but pandemic has left its mark

Billions of euros in profits, “

record

semesters

and above all better performances than before the pandemic: the year 2021 started very strongly for large French companies, but the detail reveals contrasting situations. Taken together, the 33 CAC 40 companies that announced their results earned around 42 billion euros in net profits in six months, according to a count made by AFP on Friday. They had lost around 1.5 billion euros over the same period in 2020.

The level is even higher than in 2019, when net profits amounted to almost 35 billion euros.

On average, the turnover of these 33 companies - Stellantis, Axa, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole are still expected next week, then Bouygues, Pernod Ricard and Alstom even later - increased by more than 15% over one year, rising from 445 billion euros to 518 billion.

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  • Vaccines: a case of myocarditis in adolescents, menstruation disorders under surveillance

A single case of myocarditis has been identified in adolescents since the opening of vaccination in this age group, announced Friday the Medicines Agency (ANSM), which also indicates a "

potential signal

" concerning menstrual disorders after vaccination. "

Since June 15, 66 serious adverse events have been observed after vaccination

" in adolescents 12 to 17 years, "

including a case of myocarditis in the process of recovery

", specifies the health authority in its point on side effects related to Covid-19 vaccines.

The other signal confirmed for the Pfizer vaccine is the risk of an increase in blood pressure, immediately after vaccination or in a delayed manner, of short duration and of favorable outcome.

The ANSM also classifies as a “

potential signal

” menstrual disorders (heavier periods, shifted from the usual cycle, etc.) after vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna, with a report to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) .

36 cases were reported after vaccination with Moderna and 229 after injection of Pfizer vaccine.

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  • Japan: extended state of emergency

The Japanese government decided on Friday to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and extend it to three neighboring departments (Kanawaga, Saitama and Chiba), as well as to Osaka (west).

Faced with the new outbreak of cases and overcrowding of vaccination devices, the Japanese government on Friday approved the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 40 and over.

So far only vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been used in the country.

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  • China: the zero Covid policy threatened

China, where hundreds of thousands of residents are confined and where the Delta strain is spreading in defiance of vaccination, is facing an epidemic rebound that threatens its policy of zero cases of Covid.

The resurgence of contamination, still very limited, currently affects five provinces and the city of Beijing.

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  • Vaccination: third dose in Israel

Israel on Friday launched a campaign for a third dose of the vaccine for people over the age of 60.

The new president Isaac Herzog and his wife wanted to lead the way by getting this third Pfizer / BioNTech dose administered first.

Benyamin Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition, also received a third dose.

Read also: Why Israel is putting containment back on the table

  • Relaxing barrier measures favors variants

Reducing barrier gestures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing at a time when the entire population has not yet been vaccinated significantly increases the risk of the appearance of vaccine-resistant variants of the coronavirus, shows a study published on Friday by a team researchers from several European countries.

Read also: Is the viral load of the Delta variant 1260 times higher?

  • The euro zone returns to growth

The European economy has benefited from progress in vaccination against Covid-19 and a gradual lifting of health restrictions, according to figures released Friday by Eurostat.

Eurozone gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded 2% in the second quarter from the previous, after two consecutive quarterly declines.

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  • Military reinforcements in Sydney

About 300 soldiers will be deployed in the streets of Sydney in the coming days to ensure compliance with containment in Australia's largest city, authorities said on Friday.

This mission, which could begin as early as Monday evening, will consist mainly of door-to-door operations to verify that the people supposed to be confined are in fact.

  • More than 4.2 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 4,202,179 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP.

The United States is the country with the most deaths (612,122), ahead of Brazil (554,497), India (423,217), Mexico (239,997) and Peru (196,214).

The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that which is officially established.

Source: lefigaro

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