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Covid-19: containment in China raises fears of economic repercussions

2022-03-14T16:30:04.482Z

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



France is sounding the end of the mask, China is reconfiguring, Barack Obama positive...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Monday, March 14 on the latest information related to Covid-19.

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France sounds the end of the mask and the vaccine pass

France lifted most of the anti-Covid restrictions on Monday.

There is no longer any obligation to wear a mask, except in transport and in health establishments.

But companies can always decide to impose it on their employees.

The epidemic was in the downward phase in France when the government announced the relief in early March.

However, the number of daily cases has started to rise again, with a seven-day average of more than 65,250 on Sunday, compared with 50,646 a week earlier.

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The end of the obligation (of the mask) does not mean the end of vigilance

”, underlines Véran

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran called for not to relax vigilance in the face of Covid-19 despite the lifting of most health measures, during a trip to Sables-d'Olonne (Vendée).

"

The fact of removing our masks today, of no longer presenting the pass, does not mean that we should stop being vigilant, for ourselves or for others

", recalled the minister on the sidelines of the inauguration. from an unscheduled care center.

If wearing a mask is no longer compulsory from Monday in shops and schools, it remains in place in transport and health establishments.

Companies can always decide to impose it on their employees.

I invite French women and men to wear the mask in all circumstances which may expose them or those around them to the risk of contamination.

The end of the obligation does not mean the end of vigilance

,” said Olivier Véran.

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In China, Shenzhen confined, factories shut down

The 17 million residents of Shenzhen, the tech hub of southern China, were locked down on Monday due to a record spike in Covid-19 cases, while restrictions were imposed in other major cities across the country. , including Shanghai.

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Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, Apple's main supplier, has suspended operations in Shenzhen and shifted production to other sites.

In Shanghai, China's most populous metropolis, residential neighborhoods are cordoned off.

Authorities identified 2,300 new cases across the country on Monday.

Nearly 3,400 had been counted the day before, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.

While the number of cases remains low compared to other countries, it remains remarkable in China, which has applied a zero-tolerance policy since 2020.

»SEE ALSO – China: Covid-19 cases at their highest in two years

Beware of the economic repercussions of Chinese confinement, alert Thierry Breton

The sanitary confinement decreed in several Chinese cities, which forces factories to stop, “

will have” economic repercussions

if it lasts

”, estimated Monday the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton.

China "

is in the process of reconfiguring all the companies in the Pearl River delta, that is to say almost between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, where you have the largest sectors of economic activity and in particular in electronics

" , he continued.

Obviously, we will have a stop in the value chains and automatically, if it lasts, it will have repercussions

”.

” SEE ALSO – Faced with the rise in cases of Covid-19 infection in China, a temporary hospital set up in Jilin province

Barack Obama and the Greek Prime Minister positive

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday that he tested positive for Covid-19, the day after a trip to Turkey, where he had lunch with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Former US President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that he tested positive after mild symptoms but said he felt "

well

".

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More than 6 million dead worldwide

The pandemic has officially killed at least 6,041,660 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP.

The United States is the country with the most deaths (967,552), ahead of Brazil (655,078), India (515,877) and Russia (361,344).

The World Health Organization (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 officially established.

Source: lefigaro

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