Circulation of the virus, New Zealand, blood clots… The summary of August 27

► The circulation of the virus slows down

The circulation of the virus that causes Covid-19 is in the “Slowdown”, according to Public Health France (SPF), which still adds that a lot of“Uncertainties” remain with the mixing caused by the return to work and the start of the school year.

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The incidence rate stood at 216 per 100,000 inhabitants in the week of August 16 to 22, down 12% from the previous one, with all the same 20,740 new infections per day on average. The organization highlights the many “Uncertainties” linked to the end of the holidays, the start of the school year and the resumption of professional life.

► New Zealand extends its national containment

New Zealand has extended its national lockdown until August 31 to stem the spread of Covid-19 cases linked to the Delta variant. This measure will remain in effect longer in Auckland, where a case of this variant was discovered last week, ending six months without locally-sourced contamination.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there are signs that the epidemic will peak soon, if the lockdown remains in place. She said Auckland, where all but 14 cases have been identified, and the neighboring region of Northland, will need to be contained for at least two more weeks.

► Much lower risk of clots after the vaccine, according to a study

The risk of developing blood clots is much lower after being vaccinated against Covid-19 than by catching this disease, says the largest study to date on the side effects of the vaccine.

This British study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), compared the medical data of 29 million people who received their first dose of Pfizer-BioNtech or Oxford-AstraZeneca between December 2020 and April 2021 with that of almost 2 million people who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The risk of developing venous thrombosis (phlebitis) is almost 200 times higher by catching the Covid (12,614 additional cases out of 10 million) than by being vaccinated with AstraZeneca (66 additional cases).

► Fatigue and shortness of breath persist for many patients, according to a study

A year after their hospitalization for Covid, fatigue and shortness of breath are still present for many patients, shows a Chinese study which calls for better taking into account the long-term effects of the pandemic.

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“About half” of patients discharged from hospital “Still suffer from at least one persistent symptom (most often fatigue or muscle weakness) and one in three patients still have shortness of breath” after twelve months, underlines the article published in the British magazine The Lancet. These proportions are even higher in patients with a severe form of Covid, who have stayed in an intensive care unit.

► OM calls for vaccination

In a video posted on social networks, Olympique de Marseille (OM) and its players call on their supporters to be vaccinated to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, the 4th wave of which is hitting Marseille hospitals hard.

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