Covid-19: Jean Castex in front of Parliament, state of health emergency, Israel … The recap of January 5

► After the words of the president, Jean Castex in front of the Parliament

In the aftermath of Emmanuel Macron’s remarks and again agitated debates in the National Assembly, Jean Castex spoke before Parliament. “It is your responsibility to debate quickly”, declared the Prime Minister in front of the deputies. “There is a difficulty with those of our fellow citizens who refuse to be vaccinated. It’s not insulting anyone, it’s reality , he insisted.

→ ANALYSIS. Vaccination: the calculated and assumed cleavage of Emmanuel Macron

“Who is insulting the nation? Who is fracturing the nation? Who leads caregivers in our emergencies to make dramatic ethical choices? Well it’s a tiny minority ”, also launched Jean Castex during questions to the government in the Senate. “Being a citizen also means having duties”, insisted the head of government.

“The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off”, proclaimed Tuesday, January 4 the Head of State in an interview with Parisian, leading to a new suspension of debates in the Assembly on the implementation of the vaccine pass. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated that 335,000 new contaminations should be recorded in France in one day this Wednesday.

► Édouard Philippe in favor of compulsory vaccination

Former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe“Shares the idea like a good majority of French people” Emmanuel Macron on the unvaccinated, but spoke in favor of compulsory vaccination. “The idea is that the President of the Republic (…), would like all those who have a complete vaccination schedule not to suffer the constraints and the backlash due to the fact that between 8 and 10% of the French population refuses to be vaccinated ”, explained on France 2 the mayor of Le Havre.

→ DEBATE. Covid-19: should vaccination be made compulsory?

But, according to him, “There is a question behind which is more interesting than the controversy which will obviously prosper on the term: it is the question of compulsory vaccination”. “I would prefer that the question be asked collectively, including on the legislative level”, and that the principle of compulsory vaccination be imposed, he added.

► The state of health emergency declared in five overseas territories

The government has established a state of health emergency in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Mayotte, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, where “Under the effect of the Omicron variant, the circulation of Covid-19 is experiencing a considerable increase”, according to a decree presented to the Council of Ministers. The decree states that “Given the hospital capacities of these territories and the vaccination coverage of their population, the current epidemic wave of Covid-19 constitutes a health disaster endangering (…) population health .

State of health emergency declared “Will allow the prefects to take measures to ban travel outside the home”. Reunion and Martinique have already been placed in a state of health emergency since December 27.

► Screening tests, an increased bill

The government expects a bill for screening tests to 6 billion euros for 2021. He previously estimated this cost at “5.2 billion euros”, recalled Tuesdaythe budget minister Olivier Dussopt. The fault in particular with a month of December particularly greedy in PCR and antigenic screenings, with the emergence of the Omicron variant before the end of year celebrations.

Thirty million tests were carried out in December alone, or one seventh of the total tests since the start of the pandemic, said the minister. Olivier Dussopt on the other hand refused to confirm or deny the cost of the bill for the tests in December for Social Security, the newspaper The echoes having advanced Tuesday the figure of 1 billion euros.

► Israel records a new record of contaminations

Israel has announced that it has recorded nearly 12,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, a new record of contaminations in the country. In total, 1.4 million infections have been identified since the start of the pandemic in Israel, including 8,247 deaths according to official figures.

→ ANALYSIS. Covid-19: facing Omicron, Israel projects towards the fourth dose

Almost 4.3 million people have received a booster dose in the country, where health authorities have started administering a 4e dose for immunocompromised persons and persons 60 years of age and over.

► Omicron could generate more dangerous Covid-19 variants, according to the WHO

Multiplication of Omicron cases around the world could increase the risk of the appearance of a new, more dangerous variant, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. “The more Omicron spreads, the more it is transmitted and the more it replicates, the more likely it is to generate a new variant”, said Catherine Smallwood, a WHO emergency officer. “We are in a very dangerous phase, the rates of contamination are increasing very significantly in Western Europe, and the real impact of this is not yet clear”, she added.


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