► Jean Castex evokes a third wave “far from over”
The “Third wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic in France is “Far from over”, warned Jean Castex in Caen, where nurses from the CHU informed him of their “Exhaustion”. The head of government said, however, that “On the incidence, a certain number of favorable developments” are noted. There is always a “Shift” between the evolution of the number of contaminations and that of the “Hospital situation”, he recalled.
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Despite this context, the government is still considering the reopening of certain terraces and places of culture to the “Mid-May” and dates of return to school “Will be held”, confirmed government spokesman Gabriel Attal.
→ READ. Deconfinement: Macron cautiously maintains the goal of a reopening from mid-May
► In France, an excess mortality twice as high among foreigners during the first wave
On French territory, people born abroad experienced in 2020, during the first wave, an excess mortality twice as high as those born in France, revealed INSEE. If the number of deaths increased in general by 9% last year compared to 2019 in France, with 669,000 deaths, that of foreign people jumped by 17%, specifies the National Institute of Statistics.
In detail, excess mortality has hit people from Africa above all, with an increase of 21% among those born in the Maghreb (40,100 deaths in total) and 36% among those born in another African country (7,400 ). People from Asia also experienced a high excess mortality, with a jump of 29% of deaths (6,300), while those from Europe, America or Oceania recorded an increase in their mortality. “Close to that observed for people born in France”.
► AstraZeneca: Europe may not renew its contract for 2022
It is likely that the European Union will not renew its contracts for vaccines against Covid-19 with the pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca in 2022, according to the French Minister of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher. “The decision is not decided”, but after Denmark’s decision on Wednesday to abandon this vaccine, “The greatest probability” is that Europe does not make new orders, the minister said on RMC.
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Meanwhile, Angela Merkel received a first dose of the vaccine from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory on Friday, according to a tweet from the German government spokesperson. “Getting vaccinated is the key to getting out of the pandemic”, said the 66-year-old leader.
► Abroad, the borders gradually reopened to the British
Germany has removed Britain from its list of risk areas, health officials said, nearly four months after temporarily suspending links with the country over the variant. Concretely, from Sunday April 18, passengers arriving in Germany from Great Britain will no longer have to submit to a ten-day quarantine, according to the Robert-Koch health watch institute.
→ READ. Covid-19: a “health passport” under study in the United Kingdom
Portugal has decided to lift the suspension of flights with the United Kingdom and Brazil which had been in force since the end of January. However, tourist travel remains banned, the Lisbon government announced.
→ READ. Covid-19: Pope Francis’ message of support to the Brazilian people
► Monaco eases its restrictions, public uncertain for the F1 Grand Prix
Monaco announced a relaxation of health restrictions from Monday April 19, postponing the curfew to 9 p.m. and authorizing a controlled reopening of restaurants in the evening, but without resolving the thorny dilemma of the presence of the public at the Formula 1 Grand Prix, highlight of the Principality scheduled for May 23.
– Monaco Government (@GvtMonaco) April 15, 2021
“Monaco takes its decisions with regard to its own situation in full sovereignty but also in reciprocal solidarity with France”, underlined during a press point the Minister of State and former Prefect Pierre Dartout, adding that a “A number of favorable developments have taken place”.
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The health crisis erased two years of growth in the Principality, halved the turnover of the casino, hotel and restaurant sectors; and the biggest blow in 2020 was the cancellation of this F1 Grand Prix, which usually generates nearly 100 million euros in revenue.