New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– AstraZeneca: London reacts to threats from the EU –
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace warned on Sunday that it would be “counterproductive” for the European Union to block exports of AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine as threatened by the President of the European Commission if the EU did not receive its deliveries first.
The minister predicted on SkyNews television channel that “this would jeopardize not only the chances of their citizens to have a proper vaccination program, but also many other countries in the world and damage the reputation of the EU”.
– Germany: Merkel wants to extend restrictions –
Angela Merkel intends to extend in April the restrictions currently in place in Germany due to the third wave of the pandemic, according to a government document obtained Sunday by AFP, which will serve on Monday as a working basis for a meeting scheduled on the subject between the chancellor and the German regions.
Demonstrations against the restrictions took place in Germany on Saturday, but also in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Austria.
– First death in Wallis and Futuna –
The French archipelago of Wallis and Futuna recorded its first death linked to Covid-19 on Saturday. He intervened on the day of the launch in the Polynesian archipelago of about 11,500 inhabitants of a vaccination campaign of the entire major population, due to a rapid spread of the epidemic since the detection on March 6 of the first case. .
A containment of the population, in force since March 9, has been extended until April 6.
– EU: videoconference summit –
The European Union summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels will take place by videoconference, because of the acceleration of the third wave of the pandemic in Europe. The summit will focus in particular on the disorganization of the EU’s response to the pandemic.
– Vaccine: the Madagascan president delays –
In no hurry to vaccinate its population, Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina repeated Saturday evening to prefer his “miracle” herbal tea made from artemisia, called Covid Organics and known by the abbreviation CVO, to fight against the pandemic.
Amnesty International has criticized this position by denouncing a violation of the rights of Malagasy people to benefit from the best possible care.
– France: the Minister of Positive Culture –
French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, 74, announced on Saturday that she had tested positive for Covid-19 “as a result of respiratory symptoms” and that she had been “in isolation”.
– The pandemic is reducing HIV tests –
The French Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in medicine and president of the Sidaction association, points to a “significant” impact of the health crisis on the fight against HIV. “Over the past year, screenings have fallen by up to 50% in some countries,” according to the virologist in the Journal du dimanche (JDD).
Projections from UNAIDS (the United Nations HIV program) “raise fear of maddening figures: up to 300,000 more cases of infection and up to 150,000 additional deaths by 2022” worldwide, she adds.
– More than 2.7 million dead –
The pandemic has killed more than 2.71 million people around the world since the end of December, out of more than 122 million confirmed infections, according to a report established by AFP on Sunday at 11:00 GMT. The United States is the country with the most deaths (541,918), ahead of Brazil (292,752) and Mexico (197,827).
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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