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Covid-19: 57 dead in French hospitals, 1,353 intensive care patients

2021-11-19T17:28:03.641Z

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



The High Health Authority which recommends a booster dose from the age of 40, Austria which is re-fining, the United States which authorizes a third dose of anti-Covid vaccine for all adults ...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Friday, November 19 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read alsoCovid-19: is it normal that there are now more vaccinated than unvaccinated in the hospital?

1,353 intensive care patients in French hospitals

The epidemic is worsening again in France, where 57 people have died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the report from Public Health France published on Friday.

7940 patients are currently hospitalized, including 563 since the day before.

They were 7,787 on Thursday.

1,353 patients are treated in critical care services, including 129 admitted on Friday, against 1,333 the day before.

Read also Covid-19: should we reinstate free screening tests?

The Haute Autorité de santé recommends a booster dose from the age of 40

While the Covid-19 epidemic is experiencing a new rebound in metropolitan France, health authorities recommend expanding the scope of populations eligible for a vaccine booster dose to those 40 and over, according to a press release on Friday.

The High Authority for Health (HAS) recommends doing this booster six months after the primary vaccination,

"the latest studies indeed suggest a benefit for this age group".

Read alsoCovid-19: the High Authority for Health recommends a booster dose from 40 years old

Currently, the booster dose concerns people with co-morbidities and those over 65 who have until December 15 to receive a new injection to maintain their health record.

Those over 50 may in turn receive a booster dose from the beginning of December.

Earlier in the day, on the sidelines of a trip to the North on the generalization of the booster dose, Emmanuel Macron had indicated that the executive was awaiting this opinion for,

"enlightened by science"

,

"to organize things of the the fastest, most efficient way possible ”.

"SEE ALSO -

Covid-19:"

This third dose is very important

", assures Odile Launay

European Medicines Agency approves emergency use of Merck's anti-Covid tablets

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday (November 19) that it had approved the emergency use in the European Union of the anti-Covid pill from Merck, which has not yet received full authorization for use. on the market. "

The drug, which is currently not authorized in the EU, can be used to treat adults with Covid-19 who do not need supplemental oxygen and who are at increased risk of developing a severe form

" of the disease, the EMA said in a statement. The treatment should be administered for five days, at the rate of two pills daily. It will be distributed by Merck's subsidiary in Europe, MSD.

Read also Covid-19: European Medicines Agency approves emergency use of Merck's anti-Covid tablets

Austria confined from Monday

Austria once again confines its entire population on Monday and for 20 days.

Vaccination will be compulsory for everyone from February 1.

It is the first country in Europe to take such measures in the face of the resurgence of Covid cases.

As of Monday already, the two million unvaccinated Austrians no longer have the right to leave their homes except for shopping, sports or for medical care.

Now, the 8.9 million inhabitants are confined in this country with a vaccination rate of 66%, slightly below the European average despite the establishment of a health pass since the spring.

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Austria announces confinement of its population, including vaccinated

Almost 1% of classes closed in France

In France, the number of classes closed due to the epidemic rose sharply this week, to the highest since the start of the school year in September, to stand at 4,048, or 0.8% of the country's classes.

This is three times more than last October 22, according to the Ministry of National Education, but significantly less than in April, the period preceding a school closure for several weeks and when the number of closed classes had reached 11,272.

Read also Covid-19: 4,048 classes closed, a record since the start of the September

Fourth day of demonstrations against the health pass in Guadeloupe

Fourth day of protest against the health pass and the vaccination obligation of caregivers in Guadeloupe.

The roads, like the access to the CHU, are still blocked.

Several incidents were reported and the French government decided to send 200 police and gendarmes as reinforcements.

They will be there

"in the coming days"

, announced in a joint statement the overseas ministers Sébastien Lecornu and interior ministers Gerald Darmanin, condemning

"the violence" with the greatest firmness.

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Covid-19: in Guadeloupe, the general strike against the vaccine obligation continues under high tension

United States authorizes third dose of Covid vaccine for all adults

US health officials announced on Friday that they had given the green light to a third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine for all fully vaccinated adults at least six months ago. The United States Medicines Agency (FDA) has indicated that this emergency use authorization granted to Pfizer and Moderna helps

"to provide continued protection against Covid-19, including against serious consequences that can arise, such as 'hospitalization or death'. "This emergency use authorization comes at a critical time, as we enter the winter months and face an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country"

, said Moderna boss Stéphane Bancel.

Read alsoCovid-19: the United States authorizes a third dose of vaccine for all adults

Germany: Bavaria cancels Christmas markets because of Covid outbreak

Bavarian Head of Government Markus Söder announced on Friday the cancellation of all Christmas markets in his region, one of the most affected in Germany by the new wave of Covid-19.

“The situation is very, very serious and complicated,”

said Markus Söder at a press conference in Munich, specifying that bars, clubs and discos will also be closed.

The Christmas markets are a real institution in Germany, that of Nuremberg in Bavaria is one of the most famous.

Read also In Germany, an anti-Covid strategy deemed "chaotic"

"We are sorry"

, declared the head of the Bavarian government, justifying the decision by the multiple contacts between people in these markets and the impossibility to control effectively the health status of the visitors.

In Bavaria, the unvaccinated will also be subject to a de

facto lockdown

, he added.

The whole region will indeed apply the law of

"2G"

, which allows only vaccinated (

"geimpft"

) and cured (

"genesene"

) to access public places such as restaurants, cinema, concert hall or events. sportsmen.

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Covid-19: in Germany, new restrictions for the unvaccinated and compulsory vaccination for nursing staff

Bulgaria's low vaccination rate is 'a risk for the EU'

European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton warned Bulgaria, the least vaccinated country in the EU, on Friday, saying the situation posed

"a big risk"

for the whole continent.

With only 24.2% of its population of 6.9 million fully vaccinated, Bulgaria lags behind a European average of 68%, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

Read alsoBulgaria, hit by the Covid-19, votes for the third time

Bulgaria

"is not an island, it is part of Europe"

, underlined Thierry Breton on the occasion of his visit.

But with such a low vaccination rate,

"it can become a hotbed of the pandemic,"

he warned.

"It is a big risk, of course for Bulgaria but also for all the others"

,

"for our whole continent".

»SEE ALSO -

"

I am really happy and relieved

": Bulgaria puts an end to priority groups and opens vaccination to all

Canada clears Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year olds, Israel to vaccinate children on Tuesday

Canadian health authorities announced on Friday that they are allowing the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech anti-Covid vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. The vaccine dosage for 5 to 11 year olds was lowered to 10 micrograms per injection, three times less than the standard dose. The injections will have to be done

"three weeks apart,"

said Health Canada, which does not disclose for the moment the start date of the vaccination campaign.

In Israel, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19 with Pfizer / BioNtech doses will begin on Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Friday.

"From Tuesday, children will also be able to be vaccinated,"

Naftali Bennett wrote on his Facebook page, promising "total transparency" on the subject.

According to clinical trials conducted by Pfizer on thousands of children, the vaccine has been shown to be 90.7% effective against symptomatic forms of the disease.

Read alsoCovid: Pfizer requests authorization of its vaccine for 5-11 year olds in Canada

More than 5.1 million dead

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 5,130,627 people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Friday at 11:00 GMT.

The United States is the most affected country, with 768,697 deaths, ahead of Brazil (612,144), India (465,082) and Mexico (291,929).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the global toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures .

Source: lefigaro

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