Over 100,000 cases of Covid-19 per day in France, death of Desmond Tutu, James-Webb telescope… The five things to remember from the weekend

Did you pick up the news? We have summarized the main information from the last two days for you.

  • Covid-19: the threshold of 100,000 cases per day exceeded in France

In the Covid-19 intensive care unit at La Timone hospital, in Marseille, on December 23, 2021.

Before reuniting with their loved ones for Christmas, the French have been massively tested in recent days. With 104,611 new cases in twenty-four hours, the country reached, Saturday, December 25, Christmas day, a threshold unprecedented since the start of the epidemic, in March 2020, according to figures published Saturday evening by Public Health France. The threshold of 50,000 cases per day was exceeded on December 4, the number of contaminations has therefore doubled in three weeks, according to data from the health agency.

Emmanuel Macron will hold by videoconference a health defense council devoted to Covid-19 Monday at 4 p.m., one hour before the council of ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccine pass, for entry into force scheduled for January 15, 2022.

  • Death of Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and icon of the fight against apartheid

Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks at a World Tuberculosis Day awareness meeting, March 16, 2001.

Former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, icon of the fight against apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1984, died on Sunday at the age of 90. “The Arch”, as it was nicknamed by South Africans, had been weakened for several months.

He had announced in 2010 his withdrawal from public life, but still participated in many international actions, defending for example the Palestinian cause in 2012 or denouncing the situation of the Rohingya in Burma in 2017. These actions have earned him many distinctions and a very great respect in his country and abroad.

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the « combat » de Desmond Tutu « For the end of apartheid and South African reconciliation will remain in our memories », greeted Sunday the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Mgr Tutu « Devoted his life to human rights and the equality of peoples », recalls the head of state in a tweet, adding his voice to the international concert of tributes to the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.

  • The James-Webb telescope successfully launched from Kourou

The Ariane-5 rocket carrying NASA's James-Webb space telescope takes off on Saturday, December 25, 2021 from the Kourou space center in French Guiana.

NASA’s James-Webb Space Telescope was successfully launched on Saturday from the site in Kourou, French Guiana. This revolutionary infrared telescope, at a cost of 9 billion dollars (7.9 billion euros), will make it possible to better understand the formation of stars and galaxies and to observe exoplanets in an attempt to identify, perhaps one day, other planets harboring life. It should also allow a closer observation of Mars and Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.

It is expected to gradually expand to the size of a tennis court over the next thirteen days, as it sails on its own. It will then take a month to reach its destination in orbit around the Sun, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, about four times the Earth-Moon distance. Its entry into service is officially scheduled for June 2022.

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  • On the island of La Palma, the end of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano

Eruption of Cumbre Vieja, September 23, 2021.

After a little over three months of activity, the Cumbre Vieja volcano is entering lethargy: the eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma has officially ended, announced Julio Pérez, the director of the volcanic emergency plan for the Canaries. , Saturday.

Despite its duration and the impressive images of the molten lava flows, the eruption did not kill anybody, but nevertheless caused enormous damage: more than 7,000 people were evacuated – around 600 still live in hotels – and nearly 3,000 buildings were destroyed.

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Lava covered 1,250 hectares of the island’s surface area and even … enlarged it. The damage caused could exceed 900 million euros, according to local authorities.

  • In Burma, around 30 bodies found in burnt vehicles

Several vehicles were found charred with bodies inside on December 24 in Hpruso, Burma.

The remains of around 30 people, including women and children, were found in charred vehicles on Saturday in Burma, according to a rebel official and an NGO, who accuse the junta of having killed them. The NGO Save the Children also announced that two members of its staff in Burma were  » missing « .

On Saturday, photos showing two trucks and a car set on fire on a road in Hpruso township, with bodies inside, were posted on social media. An official in the rebellion opposing the ruling military junta, the People’s Defense Forces (PDF), said its fighters found the vehicles in the morning.

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Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said clashes erupted in Hpruso on Friday after soldiers tried to stop seven cars moving in « Suspicious ». They killed a number of people during the violence, the spokesperson told Agence France-Presse, without giving further details.

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