New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Events –
Union protests celebrated International Workers’ Day in France and Spain on Saturday despite restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Montreal, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched on Saturday around the Olympic stadium, which is home to one of Quebec’s main vaccination centers, to denounce the health measures imposed to counter the third wave of the pandemic in Canada.
In Brazil, a demonstration in support of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro brought together several thousand people, in defiance of any physical distancing in the midst of the pandemic, as the opposition celebrated May 1 online.
– India: Fauci recommends containment –
India must impose a lockdown of several weeks in an attempt to curb the devastating Covid-19 epidemic, White House medical adviser immunologist Anthony Fauci said in an interview with the Indian press.
The Indian government has been reluctant to implement a new national lockdown, because this measure implemented a year ago had hit the economy hard. The capital, New Delhi, for its part, will remain confined for an additional week, as the number of new cases continues to rise rapidly.
– Vaccination open to all in India –
India on Saturday opened its vaccination campaign to all of its some 600 million adults, despite shortages and in the midst of the epidemic, with a new record of more than 400,000 infections in 24 hours.
To date, 155 million doses have been administered to 127 million people, or 9.2% of the Indian population.
– Guinea: quarantine for passengers coming from India –
All passengers from India will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in a hotel upon arrival in Guinea, the West African country’s health agency said on Saturday.
– 100 million Americans fully immunized –
Some 101.4 million people are now fully vaccinated in the United States, health officials said. This represents nearly 31% of the American population and about 40% of the adult population. More than 43 million additional people are partially vaccinated.
In all, 240 million doses have been administered in the United States, more than a fifth of the 1.134 billion doses administered worldwide (AFP count on Saturday at 11:00 GMT from official sources).
– Syria: start of vaccination in Idleb –
The vaccination campaign began on Saturday in northwestern Syria, which at the end of April obtained 53,800 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine as part of the Covax program to ensure equitable access to the vaccine.
The North-West includes in particular the stronghold of Idleb, held by the jihadists of Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (ex-Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda), but also insurgent territories controlled by pro-Turkish rebels in the neighboring province. from Aleppo.
– Cluster on a ship in Le Havre –
Sixteen sailors from a ship moored in Le Havre (north-western France) have tested positive and analyzes are underway to determine whether they are affected by the Indian variant.
– Partygoers scattered around Brussels –
The Belgian police intervened in force on Saturday at the end of the afternoon to disperse several thousand people who had come to “party” in a park in Brussels despite the ban by the authorities.
– More than 3.18 million dead –
The pandemic has killed more than 3.18 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, out of more than 151 million confirmed contaminations, according to a report established by AFP at midday on Saturday.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (576,718), ahead of Brazil (406,437) and Mexico (216,907). India (211,853 dead to date) is expected to overtake Mexico in the next few days.
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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