UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Stadium in Spain, glasses on the terrace in England and holidays in Portugal: despite the fear of the Indian variant, several European countries are starting a new phase of deconfinement this week in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.
- Figures still falling in France
On the epidemic side, the signs are encouraging in France, with the number of Covid patients in intensive care units falling continuously (4,255 on Sunday, against 5,005 a week earlier, and 6,001 at the peak of the third wave on April 26) and a number of contaminations also decreasing.
But if the curve turns worryingly, President Emmanuel Macron warned that “emergency brakes” could be activated. “If the local situation requires it, we will take measures by going back to the previous step», Specifies Jérôme Salomon in the JDD, believing that we were not “sheltered” of a fourth wave.
More than a year after the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spain, the public has finally returned to the stadiums of Ligua: the premises of Valencia and Villarreal welcomed a limited number of supporters on Sunday for the penultimate day of the championship.
In Valence, each supporter has had his temperature controlled at the entrance to the stadium and must wear an FFP2 type mask as long as he is inside the enclosure.
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- Reopening of borders in Algeria
Algeria will partially reopen its borders from June 1, after more than a year of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presidency announced on Sunday in a statement. The prolonged closure of the borders had triggered movements of protest, if not of anger, within the large Algerian diaspora, in particular in France.
After the United Kingdom, Portugal will allow tourists from most European countries from Monday, the Portuguese Interior Ministry announced on Saturday.
At the same time, hundreds of people, mostly without a mask, gathered on Saturday in Lisbon to protest against health rules to fight against the spread of the coronavirus and defend “individual freedoms”.
- England: new stage of deconfinement
In England, having a drink in a pub or going to see a football match at the stadium will be possible again on Monday as the country takes a major step in its deconfinement despite concerns about the progression of the Indian variant, which could bring question the final lifting of the restrictions.
While the United Kingdom on Sunday passed the 20 million people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 mark, or nearly 40% of the adult population, the government said on Sunday it was confident in the effectiveness of anti-COVID-19 vaccines. Covid against the Indian variant.
The number of cases attributed to the Indian variant in the country more than doubled in one week, climbing to 1,313 this week, according to health authorities. They are mainly concentrated in the North West and in London.
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- Unicef advocates for vaccine donations
G7 countries and EU members would be able to donate more than 150 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines to underprivileged countries, in an attempt to partially bridge the vaccine inequality in the face of the pandemic while meeting their commitments vis-à-vis their own population, said Unicef on Monday.
Anti-Covid vaccines continue to be sorely lacking, for lack of sufficient production and the international Covax system, set up to try to prevent rich countries from appropriating most of the precious doses, is very far from the account of doses he thought he could dispense.
- India: confinement in Bengal
The Indian state of West Bengal, particularly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic after mass electoral rallies in April, imposed a two-week lockdown on Saturday in an attempt to curb contamination. This state, whose hospitals are overwhelmed, recorded 21,000 new cases of contamination out of the 326,000 reported in India on Saturday.
- More than 3.3 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 3.371 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 10 a.m. GMT.
After the United States (585,960 deaths), the countries with the most deaths are Brazil (435,751), India (270,284), Mexico (220,384) and the United Kingdom (127,675). These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated.