United States exceeds 500 threshold 000 dead. More than half a million people have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic, according to figures reported Monday from Johns Hopkin University. These deaths are “A tragic reminder of the gravity of this pandemic and the suffering inflicted” in our dailies, said Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the main federal public health agency, on Monday. The United States is the most affected country in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic. “More Americans have died in this pandemic than in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined.”said President Joe Biden, who observed a minute’s silence with First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband. “We must resist the temptation to see every life as a statistic […] We must do it to honor the dead ”, he added, judging this record “heartbreaking”.
Reopening of cinemas in New York. The cinemas will be able to reopen in New York on March 5, almost a year to the day after their administrative closure due to a pandemic, announced on the night of Monday to Tuesday the governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo . The reopening will be done with a maximum gauge of 25% of the usual capacity and a limit of 50 spectators per room. The decision comes as the number of positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in New York City returns to early December levels, the start of the second peak of the pandemic. New York City is now aligned with the rest of the state, where theaters were allowed to reopen in mid-October. However, some cinemas in the rest of the state have decided to remain closed, believing that a reopening would not be economically viable. The low gauge, restrictions on the sale of food and drink, as well as the absence of films likely to attract viewers, have thus dissuaded several operators from taking the plunge. The release schedule has been shaken up by Hollywood studios which have postponed the arrival of most big budget movies.
Mexico receives 200 000 doses of Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Mexico received its first 200,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 on Monday, with which the authorities will continue to immunize people over the age of 60. “The contract has been signed, as you know”, and “Today we receive the first 200 000 doses», Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said upon arrival of the cargo. “Other deliveries will come afterwards”, and the injection of the doses received on Monday “Wednesday will start” added the minister. On Saturday, Mexico had received a shipment of 200,000 doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac. Previously, Mexico City received vaccine shipments from Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and CanSino, a Chinese laboratory. Mexico began on December 24 to vaccinate medical personnel caring for people with Covid-19. On February 15, he began vaccinating people over the age of 60, who number more than 15 million, according to official figures.
After Nice, Dunkirk ? In the sub-prefecture of the Nord department, the incidence rate is soaring and now exceeds 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. That is more than four times the national average. According to information from La Voix du Nord, the mayor of the city, Patrice Vergriete, would have spoken urgently this morning with Prime Minister Jean Castex. At the same time, the mayors of the agglomeration of Dunkirk must meet in the morning to discuss the measures to be taken, even if not all are in favor of a territorialized reconfinement like which was set up in the Alpes-Maritimes.
Austria is the world test champion. To avoid a third confinement, the Austrian authorities are testing hard. You must therefore prove that you do not have the Covid-19 to go to the hairdresser, in a ski resort or an Ehpad. 24 daily tests per 1,000 inhabitants are carried out in the country, against five for France and two for Germany. Katharina Reich, chief doctor in the Ministry of Health, explains to AFP that she wants to go “Even higher”, with the hope that “60 to 70 % of the population get tested two or even three times a week ”.