The third peak wave in France, the jab campaign for the elderly in Italy: COVID-19 bulletin

The third peak wave in France, the jab campaign for the elderly in Italy: COVID-19 bulletin

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Germany must implement new national lockdown to slow spread of infections which has caused an influx of patients into intensive care units, says Health Minister Jens Spahn: “If this continues, it will be too much for our healthcare system. “

There is a ‘shocking imbalance’ in vaccine distribution around the world, according to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “On average, in high-income countries, nearly one in four people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. In low-income countries, it’s one in more than 500, ”he added.

Serbia to discuss whether to make vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers with the aim of slowing the spread of the virus. “We cannot be in a situation where we have an infected health worker and then wonder if he has been vaccinated,” Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar said.

Germany should expand its infection protection law to allow a unified national approach to tackling the virus, said Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz. German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to take control of federal states to impose restrictions on areas with high new infections, according to a government spokesperson.

World Health Organization (WHO) to provide final emergency use assessments of Chinese vaccines Sinovac and Sinopharm by May 10 at the latest, said WHO director of regulation and prequalification Rogerio Pinto de Sa Gaspar.

The peak of the third wave in France should be around April 20, according to forecasts established by the Parisian hospital group AP-HP.

Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Igor Matovic visited Hungary on Friday to seek help inspecting doses of Russian Sputnik V jab after Russia called on Slovakia to return to the beatings, which they said committed “multiple breaches of contract” and engaged in an “act of sabotage” against the vaccine.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg fined $ 2,352 for breaking social distancing rules after organizing a family reunion to celebrate his birthday, Norwegian police said.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said vaccines should only be given to the elderly and called on regional governments and individuals not to flout the lockdown guidelines. “Stop vaccinating people under 60, stop vaccinating young people,” he said.

The Netherlands and Portugal are among the latest countries to limit the use of Vaxzevria for people over the age of 60 due to a small number of reports of blood clots – but Spain will continue to vaccinate 60-65 year olds with Vaxzevria before moving on to people aged 66 to 69, the country’s health ministry said. Greece also restricted the use of the jab people over 30 years old.

Researchers in Lyon, France, test a “COVID-19 breathalyzer” to see if it can detect the virus in exhaled air, to an extent that could significantly reduce wait times for testing.


Trent Murray in Frankfurt

The latest data from the German Robert Koch Institute shows that 25,464 new infections have been recorded – the highest number seen in the third wave.

It is still unclear how much of this high number is due to late registrations from regions that stopped reporting at Easter, but it is alarming nonetheless.

Meanwhile, Germany’s slow vaccination campaign is finally starting to pick up thanks to the green light from GPs to kick in.


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New coronavirus infections in Belgium continue to decline, falling 25% last week from the previous week. But hospital admissions are at their highest level since November. The country’s immunization program is slowly gaining momentum. People with underlying health conditions under the age of 65 are now eligible for the vaccine in Brussels.

And a new report from human resources and payroll firm SD Worx showed on Friday that the number of people working overseas for companies in Belgium jumped 25% last year, with coronavirus and lockdowns pushed. operating online.

Researchers in Lyon, France, are testing a “COVID-19 breathalyzer” to see if it can detect the virus in exhaled air. / AFP

Researchers in Lyon, France, are testing a “COVID-19 breathalyzer” to see if it can detect the virus in exhaled air. / AFP

Rahul Pathak à Madrid

Another makeshift mass vaccination center opens in Madrid on Friday

Normally, the Wizink center hosts live music and indoor sporting events, but it is now helping Spain to ramp up its vaccination campaign.

Here, AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine will be given to people aged 60 to 65. Spain received 1.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech earlier this week, on top of more than one million doses of Vaxzevria.

April is considered a crucial month for the country, as nearly a fifth of all vaccines that have entered Spain arrived last week.

Navied Jabarkhyl à Londres

The UK has confirmed its intention to create a traffic light system to manage the resumption of international travel. Countries will be classified in green, orange or red according to their risk levels.

Those arriving in the UK from green destinations will not need to self-quarantine if they test negative. Travelers from Orange and Red countries will have to spend 10 days in quarantine, the latter in government-run hotels.

The lists will be established on the basis of four criteria – vaccination and infection rates, variants of concern, and access to scientific data and genome sequencing.

Officials say it is “too early to predict which countries will be on which list”, but clarity is expected “in early May”. As it stands, international travel is expected to resume from May 17th.


Penelope Liersch in Budapest

Hungarian secondary schools will reopen three weeks later than planned. Prime Minister Viktor Orban made the announcement on state radio on Friday morning, pushing the reopening from April 19 to May 10, saying high school students could go home earlier but not worth it due to their diplomas and that it would be better to come back on May 10 instead.

The move follows weeks of concerns raised by teachers’ unions and medical experts that returning students on April 19 are too early, despite staff being vaccinated. Collecting vaccines for teachers and school staff in early April would mean many will not be protected against the virus until early May.

The number of daily deaths in Hungary rose again on Friday, with 285 people dying from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. Hospitalizations improved by a few hundred, with 11,363 patients, and nearly 2.7 million people received at least one dose of the vaccine. Prime Minister Orban spoke of plans to vaccinate 7 million people by early June, if there are enough registrations. The government will launch a campaign to encourage more people to take the hit.

Ross Cullen in Paris

HAS recommends that people under 55 who have received AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine for their first dose receive a Pfizer or Moderna jab for their second injection.

The HAS specifies that the combination of two vaccines presents no risk and “gives greater immune responses than when the same vaccine is used twice”. The health secretary confirms this decision in a breakfast media interview. Half a million people under the age of 55, most of them essential workers, have received a dose of Vaxzevria.

France has passed the 10 million mark who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, initially a target for mid-April. Thursday, France achieved 437,000 shots in one day, a new record. However, France is still approaching unwanted milestones of 5 million cases and 100,000 deaths.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined $ 2,352 for breaking social distancing rules. / AP

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined $ 2,352 for breaking social distancing rules. / AP

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