White plan extended in Paca and Occitanie, new restrictions in Corsica, purchase contract between the EU and Novavax… Update on the pandemic

The Covid Pandemic – 18 in France file

The entire Mediterranean region is now concerned by the deployment of the white plan in hospitals. For its part, China is tightening its restrictions on the movement of its nationals.

In France, the number of hospitalized Covid patients continues to increase : more than 8 00 patients were recorded including nearly 1 371 in intensive care units, according to data released Wednesday by Public Health France. In detail, French hospitals now accommodate 8 98 Covid patients, of which 512 hospitalized in recent years 24 time. The number of Covid patients more than tripled in one week: hospitals had 2 400 last Wednesday. In the intensive care units, where the most seriously ill patients are treated, the pressure also increases with 1 320 registered patients, including 154 in 24 time. They were only 772 a week before. The number of daily deaths in hospitals is also on the rise with 50 dead in one day.

After Corsica, the plan blanc is now triggered in hospitals in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur and Occitanie to allow healthcare establishments to cope with a significant increase in hospitalizations, announced the regional agency health. It is now the entire Mediterranean area that is affected by this measure, which mobilizes all health personnel in order to increase the number of intensive care and hospitalization beds for Covid patients.

Corsica is strengthening its system to contain the epidemic. Minors will be obliged to wear the mask in musical and dancing evenings outside and must be accompanied by an adult throughout the island. Gatherings of more than ten people and planned celebrations are canceled in Haute-Corse and subject to prefectural authorization in Corse-du-Sud. Wearing a mask and barrier measures are also required for religious processions. The wearing of the mask, already compulsory in Ajaccio and Porticcio, is extended to Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Sartène, Propriano and in the village squares. Activities in hotels, cafes and restaurants (and not in nightclubs) must end at 1am in the morning. “We are studying medical evacuations” , said Wednesday Marie-Hélène Lecenne, director of the Regional Health Agency who points out “insufficient vaccination coverage” , Corsica having “the worst results in mainland France” after being the champion of vaccination.

Increase in overtime of 49% and exceptional compensation for paid leave not taken , the government announced on Tuesday “ the reactivation of several levers of mobilization and support for caregivers in the face of the epidemic rebound ” while the number of hospitalized patients és continues to climb, including in intensive care units. The three national systems, already used in previous waves, have been effective again since Monday.

On the side of the firefighters , the protest mounts against the vaccine obligation. One of the main French professional firefighters unions, the FA SPP-PATS, has filed an unlimited national strike notice from Monday August 9. “The bill relating to the management of the health crisis which provides in particular and under penalty of sanctions, the vaccination obligation for firefighters , violates the Constitution ”, is indignant at the union, which hopes that this measure will be censured by the Constitutional Council on Thursday. The Sud-santé-sociaux federation also filed a national strike notice for one month from this Wednesday for similar reasons. Despite everything, confidence reigns on the side of the Elysee which is “not worried” concerning the rendering of the opinion of the highest court . .

WHO calls for a moratorium on the third dose While a handful of countries are already considering a third booster dose at the start of the school year , the World Health Organization is putting the holà face the risk of further widening the vaccine divide. WHO called for a moratorium on Wednesday until end September on the booster doses of anti-Covid vaccines in order to be able to make these doses available to countries which have only been able to immunize a tiny part of their population. “We urgently need to turn things around: from a majority of vaccines going to rich countries to a majority going to poor countries” , said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press briefing in Geneva. In Washington, it is felt that there is no need to choose between reminders for Americans and aid to poor countries.

Meanwhile, the European Commission “expands vaccine portfolio ” by entering into a contract with the American pharmaceutical company Novavax for the advance purchase of 200 millions of doses of his vaccine once it has been approved by the European Medicines Agency. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides mentions in a press release “a platform that is showing promise in clinical trials”

In England, the vaccinated have three times less chances of being positive for Covid – 18 than those who are not vaccinated, according to the latest results released Wednesday from a study by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI over 97 volunteers between June and July. The latter also shows that fully vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus. On the same day, the British health authorities announced to extend vaccination to 12 – 16 years . So far, young people over 15 years are only eligible if they are considered high risk due to underlying pathologies. Only the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has so far been approved in more than 12 years by the British regulator. The 12 – 12 clinically vulnerable years, as well as 12 – 16 years in contact in their home with immunocompromised people and all young people of 16 years in the three months preceding their 17 his birthday can also be vaccinated since last month.

Beijing for its part announced Wednesday a tightening restrictions on travel abroad for its nationals , as China faces a resumption of the Covid epidemic – 19. The country has virtually eradicated the disease on its soil since the spring 2000 and life is largely there returned to normal, despite the persistence of a few outbreaks of contamination – sporadic and until then very localized.

Backtrack also in Morocco, which had gradually relaxed its rules since the end of May, opening its air borders at the beginning of June under certain conditions. A series of hardening measures entered into force Tuesday in the kingdom . In an attempt to limit the spread of the Covid, the country is betting on limiting movements between regions.