Covid-19: The pressure is increasing on critical care services


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Webrema takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number of patients in hospitals is still on the rise, a shortage of tests in the United States, the cultural world is evident in Belgium … Le Webrema takes stock this Christmas weekend on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 28,000 daily cases recorded in France

The Covid-19 contaminations observed in the past 24 hours have declined in the past 24 hours, with 27,697 new cases against more than 100,000 the day before, Christmas Day, an absolute record in France. A much lower level linked to the closure of a very large number of pharmacies and testing centers on Christmas Day.

The pressure continues to mount on critical care services which have 3,299 patients against 3,282 on Saturday, with 93 new admissions. Same surge in terms of hospitalizations with 16,365 people currently hospitalized against 16,162 the day before, or 506 new admissions. The number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 122,642, 96 more than the day before.

A health defense council on Monday

While the day of Saturday was marked by an absolute record of contaminations – 104,611 new cases recorded in 24 hours, a first since the appearance of the epidemic -, the executive decided to convene a Health Defense Council on Monday afternoon. Chaired from Fort de Brégançon (Var), where Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron went for the end of the year celebrations, the meeting will be held by videoconference. It will take place in the wake of the Council of Ministers, during which the bill will be presented to transform the health pass into a vaccination pass by mid-January.

New York sees rise in child hospitalizations

The Omicron variant continues to spread in the United States, where health officials in New York are seeing an increase in the number of children hospitalized in connection with Covid-19, while the White House on Sunday promised to quickly resolve the shortage of tests in the country. The New York State Department of Health « Closely monitoring an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19« , According to a statement released Friday.

«The biggest increase is in New York City with admissions that have quadrupled”Between the week of December 5 and that of December 19, it is specified. Half of these admissions concern children under 5, so who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated.

Lack of screening tests in the United States

The shortage of Covid-19 tests observed in the United States will soon be resolved, assured Dr.Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser in the fight against the pandemic, on Sunday, as the country sees an outbreak of cases. due to the Omicron variant.

«One of the issues right now is that (tests) won’t be fully available for everyone until January.“Said the epidemiologist while on the occasion of the end of the year family holidays, the United States experienced a real rush on tests, especially on kits for testing at home.

The cultural world manifests in Belgium

Several thousand people, 5,000 according to the police, demonstrated on Sunday in Brussels to protest against the closure of performance halls imposed by the authorities to stem the spread of the Omicron variant, AFP journalists noted.

Perched on a platform, officials of major Brussels cultural institutions, such as the Royal Flemish Theater (KVS) and the La Monnaie opera house, called on politicians to “reconsider»The decision to close theaters from Sunday, while the last wave of the pandemic continues to ebb in Belgium.

China: Xi’an city tightens restrictions again

The Chinese city of Xi’an, where 13 million inhabitants are confined, announced a disinfection on Sunday « totalAnd tightened the restrictions, at a time when China has recorded a record number of Covid-19 contaminations for 21 months.

The Asian country has been applying a strategy since last year « zero CovidWhich consists of doing everything to limit the occurrence of new cases as much as possible. The authorities are redoubling their vigilance to avoid any major outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20).

Australian Open, football, rugby: the Covid-19 disrupts the game

Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 14th in the ATP ranking, tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Sydney, he announced on Sunday, highlighting the threat of the virus hanging over the Australian Open (17 -January 30).

In England, Crystal Palace French football coach Patrick Vieira has also tested positive, the Eagles have announced. Thirteen matches, including three on Matchday 19, have been postponed for health reasons in England in recent weeks.

In rugby, a fourth match of the French championship which was to oppose the Toulouse Stadium to the French stadium on Sunday on the occasion of the 13th day, has also been postponed.

More than 5.39 million deaths worldwide

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 5,395,400, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. GMT. In absolute terms, the United States is the most affected country with 816,533 deaths, followed by India (479,682), Russia (304,218) and Mexico (298,759). Among the countries hardest hit, Peru is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population.

The Europe region is the one which currently records the most deaths in the world with 53% of the total in the last seven days, followed by the USA / Canada zone (22%). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

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