UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new assessments and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
France heralds the end of the mask, China reconfigures, Barack Obama is positive… Le Figaro will provide an update on the latest information regarding Covid-19 on Monday 14 March.
162 deaths in 24 hours, 20,925 patients hospitalized in France
the “bounce back of the epidemic also seems to be taking shape in the hospital. In France, 20,925 patients are currently hospitalized. On Sunday there were 8 fewer, with 20,917 patients. On Monday, 1,318 patients arrived at hospitals. 1,826 people are treated in intensive care, compared to 1855 on Sunday. Today 162 deaths must be mourned. 18,853 new cases have been discovered.
France heralds the end of the mask and vaccine pass
France lifted most of the anti-covid restrictions on Monday. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory, except in transport and in health institutions. But companies can always decide to impose it on their employees. The epidemic was in a downward phase in France when the government announced relief in early March. However, the number of daily cases is starting to rise again, with a seven-day average of over 65,250 on Sunday, from 50,646 a week earlier.
†The end of obligation (of the mask) does not mean the end of vigilance “, emphasizes Veran
Health Minister Olivier Véran called for during a trip to Sables-d’Olonne (Vendée) not to relax vigilance in the face of Covid-19, despite the lifting of most health measures. †Removing our masks today, no longer presenting the past, does not mean that we have to stop being vigilant, for ourselves or for others.“, the minister recalled on the sidelines of the inauguration of an unscheduled care center.
If wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in shops and schools from Monday, it will remain in place in transport and health institutions. Companies can always decide to impose it on their employees. †I invite French men and women to wear the mask in all circumstances that may expose them or those around them to the risk of contamination. The end of obligation does not mean the end of vigilancesaid Olivier Veran.
In China, Shenzhen limited, factories closed
The 17 million residents of Shenzhen, the tech hub of southern China, were locked up on Monday over a record spike in Covid-19 cases, while restrictions were imposed in other major cities across the country, including Shanghai.
Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier, has suspended operations in Shenzhen and moved production to other locations. Residential areas have been cordoned off in Shanghai, China’s most populous metropolis.
Authorities identified 2,300 new cases across the country on Monday. Nearly 3,400 had been counted the day before, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. While the number of cases remains low compared to other countries, it remains remarkable in China, which has been applying a zero-tolerance policy since 2020.
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Beware the economic consequences of Chinese incarceration, warn Thierry Breton
The sanitary lockdown declared in several Chinese cities, forcing factories to shut down,”will have consequences“economic”if it lastsEuropean Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, estimated Monday. Chinese “is in the process of reconfiguring all the companies in the Pearl River Delta, that is, almost between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, where you have the largest economic sectors, and especially in electronics“, he continued.”Obviously we will have a stop in the value chains and automatically, if it lasts, it will have consequences†
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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.
For his part, former US President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that he had tested positive after mild symptoms, but said he felt “Good†
More than 6 million deaths worldwide
According to an AFP report, the pandemic has officially claimed the lives of at least 6,041,660 people worldwide since the end of December 2019. The United States is the country with the most deaths (967,552), ahead of Brazil (655,078), India (515,877) and Russia (361,344).
Taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than officially established.