► The peak of the fifth wave expected “at the end of December or in January”
The number of Covid patients hospitalized in critical care is “Relatively stable” and the consequences for the fifth wave hospital, “If it should happen”, are not expected before “End of December or in January”, indicated Monday, November 22 on France Inter Martin Hirsch, the director general of the Public Assistance – Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP).
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On Sunday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal, meanwhile, warned about a start “Dazzling” of the fifth wave. On the same day, 8,038 Covid patients were hospitalized in France, including 1,339 in critical care services, against 6,500 and 1,000 respectively a month earlier. A health defense council will be held on Wednesday.
► Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine “100%” effective in adolescents after 4 months
Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine in 12-15 year olds remains “100%” effective more than four months after the second injection, the labs said on Monday. The clinical trial was conducted on more than 2,200 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, who were followed for at least four months after their second injection. Thirty cases of Covid-19 were recorded among adolescents who received the placebo, compared to no cases in the group who received the vaccine. What’s more, “No serious safety concerns were observed in individuals with at least six months of follow-up.”
► Skiing: sanitary measures for ski lifts
The government has validated the protocol for access to ski lifts in ski resorts for the coming season, Domaines skiables de France (DSF) reported on Monday in a press release. Applicable to the 250 French ski areas, it provides in particular the compulsory wearing of a mask from 11 years old on “All ski lifts” and their ” Waiting lines “, and social distancing. However, the mask will not be imposed “While skiing”.
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In the event of a national incidence rate exceeding 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the health pass may also become “Compulsory from the age of 12, in addition to wearing a mask”, in the operators’ sales areas, ski lessons and in the ski area.
► Austria is reconfiguring
Since midnight Monday, Austria has been officially confined for a period of three weeks, thus becoming the first European country to reinstate this measure since the vaccine was made available. As in previous confinements, the 8.9 million Austrians will only be able to leave their homes to go to work, run errands, play sports or for medical care. And from the 1er February 2022, vaccination of the adult population will become compulsory.
► Clashes in Belgium and the Netherlands
Clashes erupted on Sunday in Brussels during a large demonstration against new anti-Covid measures, including the generalization of the wearing of masks and compulsory teleworking for jobs allowing it. The Belgian march started peacefully, then the police then used water cannons and tear gas in front of a group of people throwing projectiles.
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In the Netherlands, unrest took place on Sunday for the third consecutive evening in several cities of the country, on the sidelines of demonstrations against health measures. More than 100 people have been arrested and at least 12 injured since Friday, including protesters and police.
► Call for vaccination in Germany
The Germans will be “Vaccinated, cured or dead” by the end of winter due to the surge in contamination in the country, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday. He once again called on the population to be vaccinated “Urgently”, while Germany has one of the lowest vaccination rates (68%) from Western Europe.
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Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her part, warned that the current measures were not “More sufficient” in front of the “Dramatic situation”, according to sources within his party. Restrictions for the unvaccinated have already been taken in recent days, but compulsory vaccination is currently excluded.
► Australia reopens its borders, New Zealand is deconfining
Australia will once again welcome international students, skilled workers, citizens of Japan, South Korea and Singapore, and working holiday visa holders from 1er December, Home Secretary Karen Andrew said on Monday. They will now be able to travel to the country with a negative test before departure if they are vaccinated, and quarantine upon entry into some Australian states.
In New Zealand, the three-and-a-half-month lockdown in the country’s largest city, Auckland, will end on December 2, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. A color system aimed at containing the epidemic will be put in place, ranging from green (weak or no control of the virus) to red (shops open only to vaccinated customers and social distancing).