Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid pandemic – 19 around the world.

– EU: Omicron on the menu of a summit –

The difficult coordination facing the progression of the Omicron variant is at the heart of a summit of the leaders of the Twenty – Seven gathered in Brussels on Thursday.

As the end of the year holidays approach, several EU countries have unilaterally restricted the conditions for entering their territory.

– France: “compelling reasons” for travel with the United Kingdom –

France announced on Thursday to re-establish from Saturday the obligation of “compelling reasons” for travelers to and from the United Kingdom, faced with the “extremely rapid spread of Omicron” in this country.

The validity of tests departing from the United Kingdom is reduced by 48 hours to 19 hours. A system of isolation on arrival in France is also in place.

– Brits urged to limit interactions –

Chief Medical Officer for England on Thursday called on Brits to choose their “priorities” in order to reduce their interactions social before Christmas, to slow the spread of Omicron.

– Belgium is stepping up its recall campaign –

The Belgian ministers of health (federal level and federated entities) decided on Wednesday evening to speed up the administration of the booster dose in the face of the rapid spread of Omicron.

The booster can now be administered as early as four months after a first complete vaccination, instead of six months previously, for people who have received the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

– Novavax vaccine: European decision expected –

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced that it will vote next week on the request for authorization in the EU of the vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company Novavax, which could become the fifth anti-Covid vaccine authorized in the European Union

– Denmark authorizes Merck’s anti-Covid treatment –

Denmark on Thursday became the first EU country to authorize anti-Covid molnupiravir treatment from the US laboratory Merck, for at-risk patients with symptoms.

– Euro zone: activity in the private sector relapses –

Growth in activity in the euro zone was slackened in December in the private sector é, under the effect of the new wave of contaminations which affected the services, according to the composite PMI index of the firm Markit.

“For the future, the Omicron variant poses risks additional “, according to Chris Williamson, Chief Economist of Markit.

– South Korea: mandatory closing times again –

South Korea announced Thursday the reinstatement of compulsory closing times for cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other public places, and the limitation of gatherings to four people.

– China: 100. 000 sick since the start of the pandemic –

China said on Thursday that it reached a total of exactly 100. 000 Covid patients – 19 since the start of the pandemic, two years after its appearance in the center of countries.

Unlike most other countries, the Chinese balance sheet does not include people asymptomatic.

– Premier League: request to postpone the next day –

Thomas Frank, Brentford coach where 13 players and staff have tested positive, requested Thursday the postponement of the 18 The Premier League day this weekend, to allow teams to stop the progression of the virus.

“The number of Covid cases is exploding in all clubs. Everyone is faced with this, “he said.

– More than 5.3 million dead –

The pandemic has left at least 5. 328. 762 dead in the world since the end 2019, according to a report established by AFP from from official sources, Thursday at 11 H 00 GMT.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 802. 511 deaths , ahead of Brazil (617. 271), India (476. 478) and Mexico (297. 187)

The 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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