91 people died in French hospitals, 1564 patients in intensive care

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The UK pays tribute to the victims of the pandemic with nearly 840,000 Covid-19 vaccines expired in Kenya and New Zealand, easing restrictions… Le Figaro provides an update this Wednesday March 23rd on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

20,653 patients hospitalized in France

According to France’s latest public health report, 91 people have died from Covid this Wednesday. On Wednesday, the load on hospitals slightly decreased. Currently, 20,653 patients are hospitalized (against 20,742 on Tuesday), including 1,373 people who arrived in the last 24 hours. There are 1,564 patients being treated in intensive care units, up from 1,604 the day before.

Commemoration in the United Kingdom for those who died from Covid-19

The United Kingdom pays tribute to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, two years after the first imprisonment, in the midst of a new surge in cases. At noon, a moment of silence was observed in the Scottish Parliament, as well as in local communities, hospitals or vaccination centers around the country. Organized by charity Marie Curie, buildings around the country will also light up amber on this day of remembrance, including London’s Gherkin skyscraper, Glasgow Station (Scotland), Belfast City Hall (Northern Ireland) or the Welsh Parliament.

Nearly 164,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, one of the worst numbers in Europe. COVID-19 death “will never leave our hearts and minds”This was stated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself was in intensive care for three days in April 2020 with a diagnosis of Covid-19. Since the beginning of March, the number of cases in the country has started to rise again, approaching 100,000 a day, especially in Scotland, where the number of hospitalized patients (2,221) broke the record for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

Shanghai fears ‘panic’ over Covid-19 spread

Shanghai City Hall urged calm on Wednesday in the face of risk “panic” caused by an increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in China’s largest city. Several districts of the Chinese economic capital have already closed, but many residents are afraid of a general quarantine and have begun to stock up on food. China is experiencing the most serious Covid outbreak in the days since the first wave in early 2020, which authorities quickly brought to a halt.

Shaken by the Omicron strain, the Asian giant reported more than 5,000 new infections on Wednesday, a low globally but significant for a country that is officially following a Covid zero strategy. Shanghai alone accounts for a fifth of the total in the last 24 hours, with 981 new cases, nearly all but four asymptomatic. Nervousness intensified after the announcement of the conversion of at least two indoor stadiums into quarantine centers, raising fears of more drastic measures such as a general quarantine for the city’s 25 million people.

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Moderna will seek approval for its vaccine for children aged six months to six years.

U.S. biotech company Moderna said Wednesday it will seek approval for its Covid vaccine for children aged six months to six years after trials showed its injections were safe and elicited a strong immune response. Two doses of 25 micrograms administered to children of this age produced antibody levels similar to those achieved with two doses of 100 micrograms in young people aged 18 to 25 years. Results, achievements “good news for parents of children under six years old”Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, announced this. “We now have clinical data on the efficacy of our vaccine in children as young as six months of age through the elderly.”

Nearly 840,000 Covid-19 vaccines have expired in Kenya.

Nearly 840,000 Covid-19 vaccines donated to Kenya have expired, the health ministry said on Wednesday. These are AstraZeneca’s vaccines from the global Covax initiative, the ministry said in a statement. “Any overdue dose represents a missed opportunity to save a life.” he added. About 30% of the target population in Kenya have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but vaccination has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

The ministry says in particular that the introduction of second doses has been significantly reduced and that some Kenyans are refusing certain vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca. He also notes that the contaminated vaccines were delivered in January with an expiration date of February 28. “From now on, Kenya will only accept donations of vaccines that are at least four months old at the time of delivery,” the statement said. continues the text.

New Zealand to ease health restrictions

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that New Zealand would ease its medical restrictions this week after cases peaked, estimating the population was largely immune. Jacinda Ardern announced that restrictions on outdoor gatherings will be lifted on Friday, allowing sporting events and concerts to be held without restrictions. She added that skipping vaccinations will no longer be mandatory from April 4, and that most vaccination requirements for certain categories of employees will be lifted.

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