Gradual deconfinement in French Polynesia, 3,300 classes closed in France, prolonged confinement in New Caledonia ...
takes stock this Friday, September 17 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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3,300 classes closed because of the Covid in France
3,299 were closed Thursday in France because of the Covid-19 epidemic, a stable figure compared to the previous one and which represents 0.63% of the country's classes, announced Friday the Ministry of National Education.
A case of Covid in a primary school class leads to a closure, as in June.
In the event of contamination in middle or high school, only unvaccinated contact cases students must isolate themselves for one week.
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Emmanuel Macron says he is ready to "lift the health pass" in certain territories
Emmanuel Macron greeted Thursday, September 16 the "
" of the sanitary pass and considered the lifting of "
certain constraints as soon as sanitary conditions allow
", including that of the pass in places. The health pass, which has favored vaccination, is "
a management tool that has made it possible to avoid closure and it is proportionate
" and "
we will keep it in the pocket to avoid closure everywhere, which is the worst thing of things
" , defended the President of the Republic during the Meetings of the Union of local businesses (U2P).
As soon as the sanitary conditions allow it and, in my opinion, when I see the figures, it will not come so late
", we will be able to "
allow ourselves in the territories where the virus circulates less quickly to lift certain constraints and to relive normally
”, rejoiced the Head of State.
Claiming his “
”, he said he was ready to “
lift the pass, in the places where it is put, where the virus hardly circulates
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New Caledonia: prolonged confinement
The confinement in New Caledonia in force since September 7 is extended until October 4, as well as the curfew, the authorities of the French Pacific archipelago announced on Friday, while seven deaths from Covid-19 were recorded for Thursday alone.
This is the heaviest daily toll since the discovery of the first indigenous cases of the disease on September 6.
It brings to 24 the total number of people who have died since that date, announced the President of the Government Louis Mapou (separatist), during a joint speech with the High Commissioner of the Republic, Patrice Faure.
A total of 211 people are hospitalized, including 29 in intensive care.
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Progressive deconfinement in French Polynesia
The High Commissioner Dominique Sorain and the President of French Polynesia Édouard Fritch announced, Thursday in Papeete, the maintenance of the curfew but the gradual lifting of the confinement and the resumption of classes on Monday.
Containment will be maintained on weekends in the most populous islands of French Polynesia, but it will be lifted during the week.
Restaurants will be able to reopen and sport will be allowed, outside of competitions.
However, museums, exhibition halls and cinemas remain closed.
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United States: expert meeting on the 3rd dose of vaccine
Experts from the medical world are meeting on Friday as part of the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) to comment on the effectiveness and safety of a third dose of the vaccine.
President Biden's administration had taken many experts by surprise by announcing in August that an anti-Covid vaccine recall campaign would be launched from September 20, for all Americans who received their second dose eight months previously.
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3rd dose for over 70s in Colombia
Colombia will offer a third booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people over the age of 70, the health ministry announced on Thursday.
People who want to receive the additional injection should do so at least six months after the second dose.
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Slovenia: compulsory anti-Covid vaccination for the public service
Slovenia decreed on Friday an anti-Covid-19 vaccination obligation for its public service employees, a measure that aims to boost the immunization rate and prevent a new wave of contamination.
The measure, which will come into force from the beginning of October, affects around 31,000 people in this central European country.
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Officials, police officers or soldiers risk losing their jobs if they refuse to be vaccinated, unless they have already contracted the virus and can provide an antibody certificate.
"I am counting on the common sense of the employees and I hope that we will not have to make any redundancies,"
Civil Service Minister Bosjtan Koritnik said at a press conference in the capital Ljubljana.
To date, only 45% of the Slovenian population is vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in the European Union, while the country has a relatively high mortality compared to its partners, with nearly 5,000 deaths since the emergence of the pandemic for less than two million inhabitants.
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Cambodia: vaccination of children over 6 years old
Cambodia began immunizing children as young as six against the coronavirus on Friday, although the WHO has yet to approve any vaccines for children under 12.
The Southeast Asian country has been praised for its vaccination campaign, with 98% of adults having received at least one dose to date, according to Cambodia's health ministry.
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Reopening of the borders between Tunisia and Libya
Tunisia and Libya reopened their shared border on Friday, which had been closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, AFP correspondents at the main border post between the two countries noted.
On the first day of this reopening, decided on Thursday by the Tunisian and Libyan authorities, the number of travelers remained low in both directions at the Ras Jedir border post, in south-eastern Tunisia.
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Falls in the London Underground due to Covid
For fear of catching the Covid-19, many Londoners are reluctant to hold the handrails of metro station escalators.
Result: an increase in potentially fatal falls, worry London transport, quoted Friday in the British press.
Twelve people died or were seriously injured on the metro from April to June, and 23 on buses.
This is more than in the other quarters of the year 2020-2021, according to the daily The Telegraph.
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Tokyo Marathon postponed to March 2022 due to pandemic
The Tokyo marathon, scheduled for next month, has been postponed to March 6, 2022, due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed in the Japanese capital, organizers said on Friday.
The race was originally scheduled to take place in March and accommodate around 38,000 participants.
It had already been postponed in October.
The Tokyo Marathon Foundation adds in a press release that the 2022 edition is already canceled.
The 2020 edition took place in March 2021 with a reduced number of participants to 200 elite runners.
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More than 4.66 million dead
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4.66 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established on Friday at 10:00 GMT by AFP from official sources.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (670,009), ahead of Brazil (589,240), India (444,248), Mexico (270,348) and Peru (198,891), according to official figures.
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.