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DIRECT. Covid-19: 3rd case of Omicron variant confirmed in France, Castex convenes a Defense Council on Monday


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– 7.50 p.m .: Public Health France update this Thursday, December 2

Public Health France has a total of 10,790 patients hospitalized due to a Covid-19 infection on Thursday, December 2. Find the full point here.

– 7:30 p.m .: five cases of the Omicron variant in Norway

Norway, where five cases of the novel Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected, announced new nationwide restrictions on Thursday to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting at midnight local time (23:00 GMT), all travelers arriving in Norway, whether vaccinated or not, will be required to undergo a drug test within 24 hours of arrival.

In regions with a high incidence rate, such as Oslo, the capital, wearing a mask in crowded places will be made compulsory, as well as teleworking, at least for part of the week and those who can.

– 6:00 p.m .: 3rd case of Omicron variant detected in France

Three cases of the Omicron variant were confirmed this Thursday in Ile-de-France, Haut-Rhin and Vendée. On a trip to Angoulême, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the holding of a new health defense council next Monday “to find out whether it is necessary to take additional measures”.

– 5:00 p.m .: an outbreak of the Omicron variant detected in Norway?

It is a possibility that appears today. After a Christmas dinner held in Oslo, 50 to 60 people tested positive. Among them, a case of the Omciron variant was detected. The authorities fear an explosive source of contamination. New restrictions should be put in place.

– 4:40 pm: the AMF evokes “supply restrictions” in Pfizer

In a letter to the Minister of Health, the president of the Association of Mayors of France warns of potential “supply restrictions” in Pfizer vaccine in France. “I am alerted by mayors on the announcement of supply restrictions, in Pfizer vaccines […] Thank you for indicating to me whether this observation results from directives in this direction given by your ministry “, asks David Lisnard.

“It seems essential to us to guarantee our fellow citizens the administration of the same vaccine as for their previous injections and to provide the vaccination centers with the same quantities of Pfizer vaccines as previously”, explains the president of the AMF.

– 4:20 p.m .: “the situation here is serious” warns the president of the Grand Est region

In an interview with France Info, Jean Rottner, president of the Grand Est, alert on the epidemic situation in the region. “We do not turn a hospital into tension, the situation here is serious, it is serious […] It’s a blank plan because the hospital is in tension […] In my hospital, there is a 15% lack of nurses, 200 unfilled positions, with the impossibility of opening new beds, ”he explains.

– 3:30 p.m .: Merkel recommends compulsory vaccination from February in Germany

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated this Thursday, December 2, the introduction of a vaccination obligation from February in Germany in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Wednesday 1 December that such a possibility should be discussed at European level, even if these decisions fall under the prerogatives of the Member States.

“The vaccination obligation is not the choice that France has made”, recalled this Wednesday, December 1 the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on the sidelines of a trip to a Paris vaccination center.

“We have chosen the health pass, which is a powerful incentive” and has enabled us to have much higher vaccination coverage than the countries which are currently wondering about the advisability of establishing a vaccination obligation, a he then explained.

Austria already announced last month that it would make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory from next February.

– 2:30 p.m .: The Omicron variant could be dominant in France at the start of 2022, says Delfraissy

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 could become dominant in France by the end of January 2022, the president of the scientific council Jean-François Delfraissy estimated Thursday, while across the world, countries are strengthening their control measures to contain its spread.

Two first cases of contamination by the new variant in metropolitan France were confirmed Thursday by the Regional Health Agency (ARS), after a case identified at the beginning of the week in Reunion.

According to the Île-de-France ARS, a man, residing in Seine-et-Marne and returning from a trip to Nigeria, tested positive for the Omicron variant. His wife has also tested positive for Covid-19 and the sequencing of her sample is underway to verify if it is the new variant.

Health authorities also reported another confirmed case in Haut-Rhin in a person returning from South Africa.

“The Omicron variant will take some time to settle in France and in Europe in general,” Jean-François Delfraissy said on BFM TV.

“We are at the level of the Scientific Council rather at the beginning of 2022 or at the end of January 2022”, he added.

– 12:30 p.m .: White plan triggered at Strasbourg hospital

Faced with the increase in hospitalizations, the Strasbourg hospital center announced on Thursday that it would trigger the white plan. This device makes it possible to trigger additional staff. According to a press release from the CHRU, “the number of hospitalized patients doubled in the space of two weeks and corresponds to the peak reached in May 2021”.

– 12 p.m .: The European Medicines Agency will speed up the examination of the Franco-Austrian vaccine Valneva

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced this Thursday, December 2 the launch of the accelerated examination of the anti-Covid vaccine by the Franco-Austrian laboratory Valneva.

For information, the European Commission has reached an agreement for up to 60 million doses by 2023.

– 11:30 a.m .: The United States toughens its entry conditions

The United States announced this Thursday, December 2 that they would require all travelers entering their territory by air to present a negative test for the coronavirus carried out one day before their departure in addition to being vaccinated, due to concerns about the new variant.

So far, international travelers who have been vaccinated can show a negative coronavirus test carried out within three days of departure.

– 10:30 a.m .: Lozère, the least affected department, Ardèche the most affected

A first department, Ardèche, goes above 600 in incidence rate. It is the most affected department in terms of incidence rate.

At the other end (excluding overseas), is the Lozère, at 130.

78 metropolitan departments now have an incidence rate of over 200.

A first department, Ardèche, goes above 600 in incidence rate.

At the other end (excluding overseas), is the Lozère, at 130.

78 metropolitan departments now have an incidence rate of over 200.# Covid19 pic.twitter.com/bmNevON6JB

– Nicolas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) December 2, 2021

– 10:25 a.m .: UK clears GlaxoSmithKline monoclonal antibody

The UK’s Medicines Agency announced on Thursday, December 2 that it has cleared GlaxoSmithKline’s monoclonal antibody against Covid-19.

According to the British agency, this antibody would reduce the risk of hospitalization and death by 79% in high-risk adults with symptoms.

The laboratory ensures that the treatment remains active against the new Omicron variant.

– 10 a.m .: Compulsory vaccination: Bayrou, Morin, Ménard for, Corbière against

The politicians follow one another on the platforms to give their opinion on compulsory vaccination.

François Bayrou, Hervé Morin and Robert Ménard have declared that they are in favor of compulsory vaccination.

Alexis Corbière declared on France Inter that he was against compulsory vaccination.

“I remain attached to what the WHO says, which is not in favor of compulsory vaccination, which says that we must convince and have public policies to move towards.”

– 9:30 a.m .: A case of the Omicron variant detected in Ile-de-France

The Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency has detected a case of contamination with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Ile-de-France, according to the BFM TV channel.

– 9 am: Jean-François Delfraissy: “Christmas is not in danger if we are all careful”

The president of the scientific council, spoke this Thursday, December 2 on BFM.

He notably declared that “Christmas is not in danger if we are all careful”, that we were “not at the peak of hospitalizations” and that “the real enemy is the 5th wave with the Delta variant. “.

He especially insisted on the importance of vaccination by explaining that “the unvaccinated are ten times more likely to die and go to intensive care compared to the vaccinated.”

“We will do everything to avoid containment but of course it remains in the toolbox,” he added.

– 7 a.m .: Moderna could have a vaccine against the Omicron variant in March

Moderna could have by next March tested and submitted for authorization in the United States a dose of vaccine against Covid-19 targeting the Omicron variant, the president of the American laboratory told Reuters this Wednesday, December 1.

– 6:30 a.m .: A first case of the Omicron variant in the United States

A first case of contamination by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 has been detected in the United States, in California, the head of the fight against infectious diseases in the country, Anthony Fauci, announced this Wednesday, December 1.

The infected person returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive seven days later, he said.

This person, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but without a booster, suffers from mild symptoms and has been placed in isolation.

– 6 a.m .: the latest report with 49,610 new cases in France

This Wednesday, December 1, 93 deaths linked to Covid were recorded in French hospitals.

49,610 new cases of contamination were identified while 10,558 people are currently hospitalized as a result of the coronavirus. Including 1,886 people admitted to intensive care.