USA cut isolation time in half, air traffic continues to be disrupted

New measures, new reports and highlights: Le figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

France announced new restrictions on Monday evening to combat the spread of the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, air traffic around the world continues to be interrupted and many flights are canceled.

  • France: new restrictions

Jean Castex announced a series of measures to curb the meteoric spread of the virus on Monday December 27, notably the deadline for injecting the booster dose, which has been shortened to three months after the previous dose.

Meetings are limited to 2,000 indoor and 5,000 outdoor. Standing consumption in cafes and bars is prohibited from January 3rd. After the holidays, teleworking is mandatory for at least three days a week if possible.

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  • U.S. health officials cut isolation time for Covid-19 infection in half

The US health authorities announced on Monday that they had halved the recommended isolation time for Covid-19 positive people from ten to five days for asymptomatic people and also reduced this time for contact cases.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the primary health agency in the United States, said in a statement that “This modification is justified by science”after which most infections appear within a day or two before symptoms appear and two to three days after they appear.

  • On the way to China, Delta Airlines flight returns due to new anti-Covid restrictions

The American airline Delta Airlines decided last week to return a plane on the flight from Shanghai to Seattle because new health restrictions are required at the airport, which has been criticized by the Chinese authorities.

According to Chinese media, several passengers with expired Covid tests and expired visas landed in the United States, whereupon the Chinese consulate in San Francisco officially complained to Delta.

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  • NBA shortens isolation time for Covid-positive players

NBA players who tested positive can now exit quarantine after just six days, up from at least ten days before if they are vaccinated and asymptomatic, the league said in a notice sent to the teams and on Monday by the American was viewed by media ESPN.

  • Almost 2,500 flights canceled on Monday

Almost 2,500 flights were still canceled by airlines around the world on Monday, with the Omicron variant interrupting trips during the holidays with pilots and crew members who were sick or who were in quarantine.

  • English football: 103 positive results in the Premier League

The Premier League announced on Monday that it had 103 positive cases for Covid-19 among the twenty clubs of England’s 1.

  • Almost 5.4 million dead worldwide

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed nearly 5.4 million people from official sources, according to a report compiled by AFP on Monday at 11:00 a.m. GMT. In absolute terms, the hardest hit country is the United States with 816,610 deaths, followed by Brazil (618,534), India (479,997) and Russia (305,155).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the number of victims of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than the officially recorded.

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