On Wednesday, the European Medicines Authority admitted the existence of blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Find our follow-up of the day on Wednesday.
■ France passes the milestone of 10 million vaccinated
It’s a very good performance, France vaccinates a lot
rejoiced, in front of the cameras, the French Prime Minister Jean Castex, visiting a vaccination center in Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), east of Paris. He announced that France crossed the threshold of 10 million people on Thursday who received a first injection of the Covid-19 vaccine. “That is to say that we are a week ahead of (on) the objective that I had set,” he insisted.
■ The Bernese government increases its support for hardship cases
In the canton of Bern, small businesses can now also apply for help in hardship cases. The minimum turnover limit has been lowered from 100,000 to 50,000 francs.
By this measure, the Executive Council is implementing motions having the value of directives adopted by the Grand Council, he said in a press release on Thursday. It also approved a framework credit of 219 million francs in order to mobilize a total of one billion francs for aid in hardship cases. A first tranche of 114 million francs has already been released.
■ Switzerland has 2,449 new cases
Switzerland has 2,449 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday in 24 hours, according to figures from the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP). We deplore 20 additional deaths and 156 patients were hospitalized.
- During the last 24 hours, the results of 40,059 tests have been transmitted;
- The positivity rate is 6.11%;
- Over the last fourteen days, the total number of infections is 24,219, or 280.16 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants;
- The reproduction rate, which has a delay of ten days, is 1.03;
- Covid-19 patients occupy 21.00% of available places in intensive care, with an occupancy rate of 68.90%.
As for the variants of the coronavirus, 41,572 cases have been detected in Switzerland to date, of which 16,360 cases have been attributed to the British variant (B.1.1.7), 243 to the South African variant (B.1.351) and 12 to the Brazilian variant (P.1). In 24,957 cases a mutation was present, but the lineage was unclear.
■ GastroSuisse advocates yes to the Covid-19 law
GastroSuisse recommends yes to the Covid-19 law, submitted to the people on June 13. The text creates the legal basis for compensation for hardship cases urgently needed by the hotel and catering industry.
If the Covid-19 law is rejected, the Confederation would no longer be able to provide financial support to companies hard hit by the crisis, said GastroSuisse on Thursday. The cantons do not have the necessary financial resources to deal with hardship measures on their own.
The question of whether and when new legal bases will be created is very uncertain. “For the companies concerned, further delays would be a disaster, especially since the compensation is already insufficient,” says Casimir Platzer, President of GastroSuisse and hotelier in Kandersteg. The yes was adopted unanimously by the Council of the umbrella organization.
■ Germany to discuss with Russia the purchase of Sputnik vaccines
The German Minister of Health announced Thursday that his country would enter into discussions with Russia with a view to a possible purchase of Sputnik V, if the vaccine is approved by European authorities.
“I explained on behalf of Germany to the Council of Health Ministers of the EU, that we would discuss bilaterally with Russia, first of all to know when and what quantities could be delivered”, indicated , Jens Spahn on regional public radio WDR.
He justified his decision by explaining that the European Commission, for its part, had announced that it would not negotiate on behalf of the Twenty-Seven the purchase of the Sputnik V serum, unlike what it has done with other vaccines. against Covid-19.
The question of the use of Sputnik is controversial in Europe. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs had recently criticized Russia for making it a tool of “propaganda” in the world.
“Deliveries should take place in the next two to four, five months to really make a difference with our current situation” in terms of the number of injections, said Jens Spahn, criticized for the slowness of the vaccination campaign. “Otherwise we will somehow have more than enough vaccine,” he said.
For lack of being able to produce enough and wishing to dedicate its production as a priority to the Russian population, Moscow has so far only shipped small quantities of its vaccine abroad.
■ In Neuchâtel, a subsidy to hire the unemployed
The canton of Neuchâtel will grant employers a subsidy of 2,000 to 6,000 francs when hiring someone looking for a job in 2021. These subsidies must “provide direct support to the dynamics of local recruitment,” said Thursday the government in a press release.
Neuchâtel wants “to regain as quickly as possible the positive dynamic that prevailed in the canton before the Covid-19 crisis”. This is why the canton is implementing this new measure, estimated at 5 million francs. The system prevails for any recruitment occurring until the end of 2021.
■ The Merkel government advocates a new turn of the screw
At the end of the day on Wednesday, the German government of Angela Merkel said it was in favor of the establishment of a strict national short-term lockdown to stem the rise in Covid-19 infections, which puts the hospital system under pressure .
Due to the deterioration of the health situation “any call for a short and uniform lockdown is justified and a common approach at the national level would be appropriate here,” said spokesperson Ulrike Demmer. “The health system is under threatening pressure,” she said, while in recent days several political figures have called for a new turn of the screw at the national level.
The number of patients in intensive care has thus “increased by 5% in one day,” warned the spokesperson.
The seven-day incidence rate reached 110.1 in Germany on Wednesday, with 9,677 officially recorded cases and 298 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch health watch institute. Many restrictions are in place in the face of the pandemic in Germany but no strict containment, and with wide variations according to the Länder.
■ First month without death due to Covid in Polynesia
French Polynesia has just experienced its first month without death from the Covid, after six months of the epidemic, according to the health watch bulletin published this Thursday morning (Paris time) by the local Health department.
This community deplores 141 deaths in connection with the Covid. The first occurred in September 2020. In November, the incidence rate in Polynesia was one of the highest in the world (989 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the local hospital center had come close to saturation.
But the epidemic began to ebb in January. The closure of the borders and the quarantine imposed on rare travelers made it possible to detect the variants before they spread in the population. The incidence rate has fallen to 9 per 100,000 population in the past seven days.
■ Record of contamination in Peru
In Peru, the health ministry said on Wednesday that 314 deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 53,725 since the virus arrived in Peru 13 months ago. The previous daily death record was last Saturday, with 294 dead.
Peruvians are due to vote on Sunday to elect a new president and a new parliament.
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