Covid-19: end of the mask outside, return of the Americans, compulsory vaccine in Moscow … The summary of June 16



► France: lifting of the wearing of masks outside and end of the curfew

Wearing a mask outside will no longer be compulsory from Thursday June 17 in France, with certain exceptions, and the curfew will be lifted from Sunday June 20, announced Jean Castex on Wednesday June 16, in view of the drop in contamination .

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The lifting of the curfew will not prevent the maintenance of sanitary protocols for public places, the music festival of June 21 and other events until June 30, he added at the end of the Council of ministers and the defense council.

► European Union: return of American tourists, the unvaccinated included

The ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven agreed on Wednesday June 16 to add the United States to the list of countries and territories from which travelers can visit within the European Union (EU). People not vaccinated against Covid-19 are also admitted.

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To draw up their list, the Europeans base themselves in particular on the epidemiological situation of the countries and the progress of the vaccination campaigns, the number of tests carried out as well as the reliability of the data.

Countries must therefore register less than 75 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days. In the United States, that rate is 73.9, according to figures from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).

► Covid-19: the figures of the day

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 3,824,885 people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in late December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Wednesday June 16. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 176,566,650 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed.

► Moscow: compulsory vaccination decreed

Confronted with a situation “Dramatic”, Moscow and its entire region on Wednesday June 16 made vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory in the service sector. This is a first in Russia in the face of an immunization campaign that is slipping and in the absence of any containment.

The Moscow health authorities justified the measure, noting that more than 70% of the contaminations of the last ten days concerned the working population. The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin had already declared the week of June 15 non-working.

According to this decree, 60% of employees in the tertiary sector must have received the two doses of the vaccine before August 15.

► Variant Delta: new information

Several laboratory studies show that the Delta variant, previously called the “Indian variant”, seems to be more resistant to vaccines than other variants.

One of these studies was carried out by the British authorities and published in early June in the medical journal The Lancet. It concludes that in people vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer / BioNTech, the level of neutralizing antibodies is nearly six times lower in the presence of the Delta variant than in the presence of the historical strain of the virus (which was used to design the vaccines).

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According to data released Monday, June 14 by the British authorities, vaccination with Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca is as effective in preventing hospitalizations when it comes to the Delta variant as when it comes to the Alpha variant formerly called the “English” variant. .

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