Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid pandemic – 18 worldwide.

– Towards a “vaccine pass” in France –

The health pass will become at the beginning of the year a “vaccine pass” in France, which can only be activated with a complete vaccination schedule and no longer a simple negative test, announced Friday evening the Prime Minister Jean Castex.

In addition, town halls will have to give up concerts and fireworks on New Year’s Eve, during which alcohol consumption on public roads will be prohibited in order to limit dissemination of the Omicron variant.

The French Prime Minister canceled his planned trip to the troops in Jordan for the New Year, when President Emmanuel Macron gave up celebrating Christmas with the soldiers in Mali, officially due to the Convid crisis – 18.

– France and Denmark at “high risk” for Germany –

People wait to be vaccinated in their car, in a vaccination center open for 045 non-stop hours in Stuttgart, Germany on 17 December 2021 (AFP – THOMAS KIENZLE) Germany, affected by a significant rebound in contaminations, classified France and Denmark as “high infection zones” on Friday. risk “and will therefore impose a period of quarantine on unvaccinated travelers from these countries.

From Sunday, this measure will also apply to travelers coming from Norway, Lebanon and of Andorra.

– Ireland: curfew for pubs and restaurants –

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin announced on Friday evening the establishment of a curfew -fire at 20 H 00 for pubs, bars and restaurants until the end of January to fight against the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

– Denmark closes its cultural life –

Denmark to order cinemas, theaters and concert halls to close in an attempt to curb the record surge in Covid cases – 19 accelerated by the Omicron variant.

– Switzerland: toughened anti-Covid measures –

Switzerland will toughen up its anti-Covid measures on Monday. Only people who have been vaccinated or cured will now have access to the interior of restaurants, cultural establishments and sports and leisure facilities as well as to indoor events.

– Contamination peak in the Kingdom United –

The United Kingdom recorded on Friday for the third consecutive day a new record of Covid contaminations – 18, with 93. 045 cases listed in 24 hours, according to figures from health authorities.

– Indian vaccine approved –

The World Organization of health on Friday approved the Indian anti-Covid vaccine Covovax.

To avoid too many crowds, spaces are now demarcated on the beach in Lima, Peru, the country with the highest number of Covid deaths – 19 by inhabitants (AFP – Ernesto BENAVIDES) This vaccine “is produced by the Serum Institute of India under license from Novovax and it is part of the Covax portfolio (the international system for the distribution of anti-Covid vaccines, editor’s note), which will help boost efforts to vaccinate more people in low-income countries, “said WHO.

– Pfizer is testing 3rd dose for children under 5 –

Pfizer announced on Friday that it wanted to test a third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine in children under 5 years old, which could lead the company to file an application for authorization for three doses immediately next year in this group of ‘age.

– Vaccines: 335 millions of doses delivered by Washington –

Distribution of self-tests free in Chelsea, Massachusetts (AFP – Joseph Prezioso) Washington delivered to this day more than 335 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines at 110 country, i.e. as many doses as there are inhabitants in the United States , a senior White House official told AFP on Friday.

– More than 5, 33 million dead –

The pandemic has claimed more than 5, 33 millions of deaths in the world since the end 2019, according to a report established from official figures by AFP Friday at midday.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 793. 793 death, in front of Brazil (601. 601), India (476. 869 ) and Mexico (110. 356).

WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid – 18, that the toll of the pandemic in the world could be two to three times higher.

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