Covid-19: 109 new deaths in France, more positive cases than last Saturday

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  • In France, the number of positive cases diagnosed within 24 hours is higher than the same day of the previous week for the first time since January 25. Is this due to the spread of the BA.2 subline of the Omicron variant?
  • The wave of Covid-19 continues to wane in the hospital. A total of 22,196 were hospitalized with Covid this Saturday, compared to 25,264 a week earlier. All hospital indicators have fallen for more than a week.
  • Jean Castex announced the end of wearing a mask indoors, excluding transport, and the suspension of the vaccination pass from March 14. However, experts urge caution.

Positive cases slightly higher than last Saturday. The number of positive cases identified in 24 hours is higher than that of the same day of the previous week for the first time since January 25 (it is very symbolic: 53,678 vs. 53,623, ie +0.1%). The reason could be the spread of the BA.2 variant, which is about to become the majority (38% of cases sequenced on Feb. 21).

However, the seven-day average drops to 52,180 cases, from 59,844 cases seven days ago.

109 new deaths in France. The epidemic has killed a total of 139,243 people in France since it started just over two years ago. Public health France recognizes 22,196 people hospitalized this Saturday with the Covid, up from 25,264 a week earlier. 2,075 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 are hospitalized in intensive care, compared to 2,546 last Saturday. All hospital indicators have fallen sharply in the past week.

53.3 million French people are fully vaccinated. Vaccination continues, at a moderate pace: 54.23 million French people have received at least one dose (ie 80.4% of the population), nearly 53.3 million are fully vaccinated (79% of the total population) and more than 39 .1 million received a booster dose, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

Belgium blows wrong. Like other countries before it, Belgium decided on Friday to abolish the health pass and the wearing of mandatory masks in closed public areas from Monday, thanks to the fall in the infection in recent weeks and the high vaccination rate (almost 89% of adults are fully vaccinated).

Brazil is recovering from Covid. The country, which was very hard hit by the pandemic in 2020, emerged from recession in the last quarter of 2021 and Latin America’s leading economy grew again last year, with GDP recovering at 4.6%, which the fall in 2020 due to the coronavirus compensated for the crisis.

Comprehensive assistance for foreign companies. Certain companies affected by lockdowns or curfews in overseas territories in early 2022, particularly affected by Covid-19, will benefit from the solidarity fund until the end of 2022, announced Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Overseas Affairs.

1,742 classes closed, 26,699 students infected. As students gradually resume classes (only zone C is still on vacation), 1,742 classes have been closed due to Covid-19, the Ministry of National Education has indicated. This is 0.48% of all lessons. In the past 7 days, 26,699 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed among students, 2,248 among teaching staff. The most affected academies are those of Normandy and Réunion.

End of wearing the mask indoors. The government has announced the option to drop the mask indoors from March 14. This mainly concerns houses of worship, shops, classrooms and companies. On the other hand, it remains mandatory in transport and medical institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Since Monday, February 28, the mask is no longer mandatory in all places subject to the vaccination pass (except for long-term transport): theatre, cinema, sports hall, restaurants, etc.