► Lifting of the curfew in Barcelona
A court in the very touristy region of Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, has decided to lift the curfew, introduced last month, in Barcelona and other municipalities. The Higher Court of Justice of Catalonia ruled that the requested extension of the curfew, which expires Thursday evening August 19, was not “Not so much justified for health reasons as for reasons of security or public order”.
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The court decided to keep it only in 19 municipalities, instead of the 148 required by the regional executive. However, the ban on private meetings of more than 10 people remains in force. “Throughout the territory of Catalonia”, he clarified.
► Vaccination of children under 12 is not“No news”
Vaccination of children under 12 against Covid-19 is not “No news”, said the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, as the start of the school year approaches, on September 2. “It’s a subject that is watched on a global scale. It is obviously very important to have perspective on these questions. As I speak, this is not topical, it is really the 12-17 year olds who are concerned ”, did he declare.
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More than half of French adolescents aged 12 to 17 received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine this summer, which should help keep schools open, he said. The minister will announce in the coming days the health protocol adopted for schools, colleges and high schools, among four possible scenarios, depending on the degree of circulation of the virus.
► Before the start of the school year, doctors call to protect the health of students
About thirty doctors, researchers and teachers called, two weeks before the start of the school year, for a “Firm action” to protect the health of students in the face of the high contagiousness of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. In a tribune at World, this collective emphasizes that “The hospitalization rate of 0-19 year olds is increasing in countries where the Delta variant is predominant”, which is the case in France with a prevalence of over 98%.
According to them, “Effective measures to prevent contamination must be adopted from the start of the school year”, scheduled for September 2 for all students. They ask, among other things, that the protocol of the four levels of health measures be more precise, that the mask is not removed in elementary schools and that CO2 detectors be installed in each establishment.
► Record: nearly 6 million Covid tests carried out
Nearly 6 million Covid tests were carried out last week in France, a record reached under the effect of the extension of the health pass, according to official data made public on Thursday. More than two thirds (67.4%) of these screenings were carried out by antigenic test, specifies in its press release the Directorate of research, studies, evaluation and statistics (Drees).
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The body also notes a second record, over a day, with more than a million tests validated Friday, August 13. The increase was particularly strong for 25-40 year olds, for whom the share of tests increased by 47%.
►EU recognizes Turkish and Ukrainian health passes
The European Union will recognize from Friday August 20 the “Health passes” nationals from Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia, making it easier for their residents to travel to Europe, the European Commission said.
Those “Equivalence decisions” mean that certificates issued by the authorities of these three countries will be able to be recognized by the generalized system of digital health certificates across the EU, the EU executive said in a statement. In return, Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia agree to recognize the digital pass put in place by Brussels.