Coronavirus: update on the pandemic

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Coronavac 80% effective against fatalities –

The Chinese Coronavac vaccine has been shown to be 67% effective in preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19 and 80% in preventing deaths, according to a first study published on Friday by the government of Chile, one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of vaccination.

The study also shows an efficiency of 85% in preventing hospitalizations for severe cases of Covid-19 and of 89% in preventing the patient from being admitted to intensive care.

– Luxembourg: campaign for AstraZeneca –

Luxembourgers aged 30 to 54 will be able to register next week on a list of volunteers to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, in order to use the doses of this vaccine whose rare but serious side effects cause concern.

“It would be irresponsible to put vaccines aside,” Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said.

– First dose of AstraZeneca for Merkel –

German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, the government spokesman said.

– Johnson & Johnson: notice Tuesday –

The European Medicines Agency will give its opinion on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, the use of which is suspended in the United States due to the rare occurrence of serious blood clots.

– USA: 1.7 billion against variants –

The US government has announced that it plans to invest $ 1.7 billion to improve coronavirus sequencing capabilities and detect its genetic changes, as several potentially dangerous variants become dominant forces in the pandemic.

– Reopenings –

– In Denmark, soon spectators in stadiums and customers in restaurants: thanks to a controlled epidemiological situation, the country will be able to speed up its reopening from April 21.

– In Italy, up to a thousand spectators will be allowed in the stadiums open in the regions least affected by the Covid-19 pandemic from Saturday, May 1, the government announced on Friday.

Gyms located in these same areas of Italy will be able to accommodate up to 500 spectators for all “sporting events of national interest”.

Italy should also begin the reopening of restaurants and schools from Monday, April 26.

– In France, “it is around mid-May that the reopening will start,” said the government spokesman, recalling that it was a question of reopening “certain terraces and certain places of culture”.

– The government of the state of Sao Paulo announced on Friday the reopening of shops and the authorization of face-to-face religious services from Sunday, even if the number of daily deaths from Covid-19 remains very high throughout Brazil.

– Qatar: vaccination projects for the World Cup –

Qatar is in talks with vaccine producers to ensure that all supporters coming to the FIFA World Cup it will host at the end of 2022 have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Qatar is facing a resurgence in the number of cases and deaths despite progress on its vaccination plan. The authorities had to impose a national lockdown.

– Almost 3 million dead –

The pandemic has killed more than 2,987,000 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Friday in the middle of the day.

The United States is the country with the highest death toll with 566,200 deaths, followed by Brazil (368,749), Mexico (211,213), India (174,308) and the United Kingdom (127,191).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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