New reports, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic in France and around the world.
The situation in France
Extension of the obligation to wear a mask outside and ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people extended until October 30: the French government has toughened its tone in the face of an “epidemiological situation (which) is evolving in the wrong direction “.
French Polynesia, so far spared by the epidemic, has seen a sudden increase in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in three days (43 new cases). The virus has been reintroduced by tourists, but also by civil servants: each year, some teachers and gendarmes are replaced by new arrivals. According to the daily report of the Directorate General of Health (DGS) published Tuesday evening, the number of patients in intensive care is still relatively stable (-5 to 391).
But the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is on the rise: 11,223 new cases over a week, including 1,397 in the last 24 hours. The number of new grouped cases of this disease which has now killed 30,354 people (+14 compared to Monday) is also “on the rise” (28, bringing the total of “clusters” to 879 since the end of confinement, including 560 closed).
Russian vaccine makes the world skeptical
Russia claimed on Tuesday that it had developed the first “effective” vaccine against the coronavirus, but the announcement was deemed premature at best in the rest of the world. “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was recorded,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding: “I know that it is quite effective, that it gives lasting immunity” . The president even said that one of his daughters had been inoculated with the vaccine, named “Sputnik V” (V for vaccine), in reference to the Soviet satellite, the first spacecraft put into orbit. The Russian sovereign wealth fund involved in the development of the vaccine said that industrial production was due to start in September.
Shortly after the Kremlin’s declaration, the World Health Organization (WHO) reacted by calling for caution, recalling that the “prequalification” and approval of a vaccine went through “rigorous” procedures.
In Berlin, the German Ministry of Health did not bother with oratorical precautions and expressed doubts about “the quality, effectiveness and safety” of “Sputnik V”. Expert François Balloux, from University College London, was even more blunt, calling the Russian initiative “an irresponsible and reckless decision”.
The point in the world
The virus continues to spread around the world with more than 20 million cases, more than half of which are in America. The pandemic has made at least 736,828 dead worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Tuesday evening. The United States are the most bereaved country (164,480 deaths), in front of Brazil (101,752 dead), the Mexico (53,003), the United Kingdom (46,526) and theInde (45,257).
Spain is in a “critical” situation, according to experts, with the worst contagion figures in Western Europe. Madrid communicated on Monday an average of 4,923 new daily cases over the past seven days, more than France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy combined, according to an AFP calculation from sources official.