New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
France exceeded the 10 million first injections on Thursday, a symbolic bar but still very far from total protection against the epidemic. Specifically, 10,114,284 French people have received at least one injection of vaccine against Covid-19, reports the Ministry of Health this Thursday evening, while 3,484,006 people have received two doses of vaccine. 437,000 vaccinations were carried out in 24 hours on the national territory, which represents a record since the start of the vaccination campaign.
Despite everything, the Covid-19 continues to fill the intensive care units: with 5,729 patients in total, the level is approaching the peak of the first wave (7,000 in April 2020).
345 people have died from Covid-19 in hospital in France in the past 24 hours, reports Santé Publique France in its report released Thursday evening. The public health agency reports 30,555 people now in hospital due to Covid-19, or 2,156 new admissions in 24 hours. In addition, 5,705 patients are in intensive care, which represents 498 new admissions in 24 hours.
The situation in the world
Vaccination: Africa on the sidelines. Africa remains “on the sidelines” in the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, with only “2% of vaccines administered in the world”, lamented Thursday the director for Africa of the World Health Organization ( WHO). This continent is however less affected by the pandemic, with 4.3 million cases including 114,000 deaths out of a population of 1.2 billion inhabitants, according to the latest WHO-Africa count.
Shortage of vaccines in India. India, where 87 million doses of the vaccine have so far been administered for a population of 1.3 billion, faces a shortage, local media say as the number of infections has reached a new daily record. Mumbai’s main vaccination centers were notably short of doses on Thursday, and the huge general hospital completely halted injections.
Bilateral discussions for Sputnik V. While the Russian vaccine continues to cause controversy, Germany announced on Thursday that it wanted to discuss possible deliveries of the Sputnik V vaccine with Moscow, without waiting for the green light from Brussels. In the evening, Moscow indicated that these discussions had started.
Sad records in Poland and Iran. Poland announced on Thursday 954 deaths from Covid-19, a daily record, increasing the number of victims to 56,659, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health. For its part, Iran has officially crossed the threshold of two million confirmed cases against the backdrop of an accelerating epidemic with a new record of daily contaminations, ie 22,586 new contaminations in 24 hours.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has made more than 2,89 millions of deaths in the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Thursday in the middle of the day.
The United States are the country with the most deaths (559,117), ahead of Brazil (340.776) and the Mexico (205.598), PInde (166.862) and the United Kingdom (126.927).
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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