SITUATION UPDATE – New steps, new assessments and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The European Union signed a contract for a new vaccine developed in Spain, Hong Kong fell into a third year of isolation with new restrictions… Le Figaro will stock up on Tuesday, August 2 with the latest information regarding Covid-19.
1180 intensive care patients in France
The pressure on hospitals continues to decrease in France. 19,792 patients with Covid-19 were hospitalized on Tuesday, against 20,063 the previous day. Among them, 1180 were admitted to critical care services. 104 deaths were also reported in French hospitals on Tuesday. 54,519 new cases were also detected in the last 24 hours.
The health protocol is decided ten days before the start of the school year
The level of the new health protocol that will be used in schools at the beginning of the school year will be decided “ten days before the beginning of the school year for all or part of the territory”depending on the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Minister of National Education Pap Ndiaye said on Tuesday. “This health protocol draws lessons from the difficulties of the past year”he assured the deputies during the questions of the government, promoting the construction throughout the year of“a ten-day implementation period” to allow educational groups to adapt to different scenarios. The start of the school year takes place on September 1 and concerns about 12 million students, from kindergarten to high school. This new protocol was formalized on July 19 “simplified rules based on general recommendations and three levels of specific measures”explained the Minister.
The three levels, categorized by the colors green, orange and red, are available nationally or locally throughout the school year. They aim to propose, depending on the circulation of the virus, progressive measures to ensure the safety of children and educational groups while maintaining “open schools”. According to this new protocol, the reception of students can only be face-to-face, unless the red level, given in case of a serious health condition, is activated. In the latter case, a system of“hybridization” can be set up, but only “in high school if the configuration of the establishment requires it”detailed the ministry in its place at the end of July.
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The EU signed the contract for the new vaccine produced in Spain
The European Commission announced on Tuesday the signing of a contract to obtain up to 250 million doses of the anti-Covid vaccine produced by the Spanish pharmaceutical company Hipra, pending the approval of the European regulator. The goal is to complete the range of vaccines available in EU countries for “ensure the highest level of preparedness as we approach the fall and winter months”explained the Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, quoted in a press release.
“Increasing vaccination and administering booster doses will prove important in the coming months”, he added. The head of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez welcomed this announcement, during a trip to the Balearic Islands on Tuesday. “We finally got this vaccine in Spain,” he congratulated himself, seeing “a wonderful proof of good collaboration” between a state and a private company. The vaccine produced by Hipra, is described as “a bivalent recombinant protein vaccine”, evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) based in the Netherlands. It is designed as a booster dose for people aged 16 and over, the Commission said.
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Hong Kong bans food at its annual food show
Visitors to the annual Hong Kong World Food Expo will not be allowed to remove their masks to sample the food on display at the stands due to coronavirus restrictions, the organizer announced on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors are expected in the five-day event that will begin next Thursday at the Convention and Exhibition Center in the city. But there are no tasting areas and all attendees must wear their masks due to current public health restrictions, announced Sophia Chong, acting CEO of expo organizer Trade. Development Council.
“We understand that guests want to taste samples”did he say. “We hope to continue this arrangement after the pandemic, if it is safe and clean to do so.” The move comes a day after another government decision aimed at fans of the Hong Kong Sevens in November – one of the city’s most popular rugby events – to allow them to drink but not eat shelf, and must wear their mask. between each sip. Hong Kong has implemented China’s strict zero Covid policy, falling into a third year of isolation through strict border measures and social distancing.
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