“No reason to doubt” Vaccines against Omicron, 59,000 new cases in France … Coronavirus update

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in France and worldwide.

The situation in France

According to figures released by Public Health France on Tuesday, more than 59,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination have been recorded in the past 24 hours, which also show an increase in hospital admissions. Exactly 59,019 new cases were confirmed according to the health department. Over the past seven days (which offsets the effects of non-working days), the average daily incidence is 44,584 versus about 30,000 a week ago, showing the acceleration of this wave.

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The positivity rate has been stable at 6.5% for the last seven consolidated days. 12,714 patients with Covid-19 are now being hospitalized – including 1,665 new hospital admissions in 24 hours – up from just over 10,000 a week ago.

The number of patients in the intensive care unit has also risen to 2,351 people, including 408 admissions in 24 hours, compared to less than 1,800 last Tuesday. 168 Covid patients died in hospital within 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since the epidemic started to 119,899, including 92,942 in hospital. As for vaccination, 52,147,126 people have received at least one injection (77.3% of the total population) and 51,064,236 people are fully vaccinated (75.7% of the total population). Since the beginning of September, 11,619,831 people have received a booster dose.

“No reason to doubt current vaccines against Omicron,” says the WHO

“There is no reason to doubt” that the current vaccines with Omicron will protect patients from severe forms of Covid-19, said WHO emergency officer Michael Ryan in a report interview with AFP on Tuesday. “We have very effective vaccines that have been shown to be effective against all variants in terms of disease severity and hospitalization, and there is no reason to believe they would not.” with Omicron, Dr. Ryan, in a rare one-on-one interview. “The general behavior that we have observed so far shows no increase in severity,” explained the doctor, as the eminent American scientist Anthony Fauci had recently said.

It is “almost certain” that the Omicron variant will not cause any more serious cases of Covid-19 than Delta, he told AFP on Tuesday, adding that it would have to wait “at least two weeks” to find out if it changes even less dangerous.

The balance of the world

At least the pandemic did 5,261,473 deaths worldwide since the end of 2019, according to an AFP report from official sources on Tuesday at 11:00 GMT. the United States are the country with the most bereaved families 791,443 dead, ahead of Brazil (616,018), India (473,757), Mexico (295,313) and Russia (283,644).

Taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher worldwide.

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