8:36 am: Quiet in the Netherlands after three evenings of unrest
A heavy police presence in various cities in the Netherlands appeared to have prevented further riots on Tuesday evening, after three nights of violent unrest that has rocked the country since a curfew was introduced on Saturday. In Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, in particular, many police officers had been deployed for fear of the presence of other rioters who had come to challenge the curfew imposed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The government assured on Tuesday that, despite the unrest, it would not waive the curfew.
8:33 am: “First we have to measure the effectiveness of the curfew at 6 pm.”
Is a third withdrawal inevitable? “We must first measure the effectiveness of the 6pm curfew. […] and the spread of variants, “replied Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne this Wednesday morning on LCI.
🗣 @Elisabeth_Borne on a possible new hiring: “We first have to measure the effectiveness of #CouvreFeu at 6:00 pm. […] and the spread of variants. “
📺 @jmaphatie in #LaMatinaleLCI. pic.twitter.com/oxAEBHZ4Be
– LCI (@LCI) January 27, 2021
8:21 am: “Our job is to apply pressure where it should be applied”
For several days now, Emmanuel Macron has been urged by scientists to redefine the country, especially given the risk of the British variant becoming increasingly widespread. Here Emmanuel Macron is confronted with the quintessential political decision. “Our job is to put pressure where it should be,” said Gilles Pialoux, director of infectious and tropical diseases at Tenon Hospital. “And things are not going to get any better.”
8:13 am: Two arrests after a secret party in Strasbourg
Two people suspected of organizing a secret party in Strasbourg on January 17 were arrested on Thursday, Les Latest Nouvelles d’Alsace reports.
The police had discovered a secret discotheque of almost 100 m² on the premises where alcohol could be stored. Around thirty people near the scene had been checked for non-compliance with the curfew.
8:07 am: The English variant represents almost one in ten cases in Île-de-France
The English variant of Covid-19 accounts for almost 10% of the cases discovered over two weeks in Île-de-France, which suggests a “very significant” increase in the number of patients ahead, doctors of the Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP).
“The situation is worrying” and “looks very exponential”, explains Professor Bruno Riou, director of crisis medicine at AP-HP, a “decision as soon as possible” for “new measures, more drastic” than the curfew. “If we don’t do anything, we will have a wave that could sweep our hospitals,” he warned.
7:52 am: “The risk in closing the country is the civil disobedience of some”
“From a health point of view, it would be great if everyone could stay at home. From a political point of view, however, we are on slippery ground,” said Christophe Castaner, former interior minister and president of the LREM group at the meeting in the columns of the Parisian. “The risk in closing the country is the civil disobedience of some,” he fears.
7:34 a.m.: The extent of the historic collapse of the French economy known on Friday
INSEE released its first estimate on Friday of the magnitude of the recession the French economy suffered in 2020. This is a historic slump as the Covid-19 epidemic completely disrupted the country’s economic activity. However, France should not match the government’s forecast 11% decline in GDP. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire admitted last week that “we would obviously do better” because the second detention in November was less criminal than the one in spring.
7:31 am: A secret party in a castle in Hayange
A “secret” party was interrupted last Saturday by the police at the Iron Lady castle in Hayange on the Moselle, as reported by Le Républicain Lorrain. About twenty people celebrated birthdays there. The evening ended in police custody for the two organizers and the manager.
7:10 a.m.: According to an American study, Covid-19 did not spread quickly
Schools that enforce physical distancing, the wearing of masks, and other health precautions have not seen the coronavirus spreading rapidly in them, a U.S. analysis released Tuesday shows. The US researchers, who worked for the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), reviewed data from studies conducted in schools in three US states and some European countries.
Their analysis was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
6:26 a.m.: Washington hopes to have all Americans vaccinated by the end of summer
The United States plans to order an additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to vaccinate the entire American population by the end of the summer.
“We believe that we will shortly be able to confirm the purchase of 100 million doses for each of the two Medicines Agency-approved vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna,” in addition to the 200 million doses already ordered from each company. US President Joe Biden said during a speech at the White House.
6:21 am: Sanofi makes Pfizer vaccine
Sanofi will support Pfizer and BioNTech in the manufacture of their vaccine against Covid-19 and should package more than 100 million doses for the European Union by the end of 2021, announced Paul Hudson, director general of the French laboratory. We explain how the production is organized by clicking on this link.
💉 Sanofi will help Pfizer and BioNTech package their vaccine: “A first and a source of pride,” Judge Olivier Bogillot, President of @SanofiFR, guest of #RTLMatin with @VenturaAlba pic.twitter.com/VzEojkNdRr
– RTL France (@RTLFrance) January 27, 2021
6:17 am: Two studies awaited by the government
“Is the curfew sufficient or not? This is the question we are asking ourselves,” summarized an advisor to the executive branch. To respond, the government is waiting to examine the results of two impact studies: one on curfew at 6 p.m., the other on the progression of variants of the virus whose full data are expected on Friday.
Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said on Tuesday that “at this point in time” there is “no reason” to opt for a childbirth.
6:15 a.m .: A new Defense Council
Another Covid-19 Defense Council will take place on Wednesday at the Elysee Palace. It shouldn’t lead to the feared third lockdown announcement, as the government takes a few days to decide on new restrictions that are acceptable to the French.
The last hours of information
The epidemic is still floating around: France recorded 352 deaths and 22,086 new cases on Tuesday. Around 3,071 patients are treated in the intensive care unit. In addition, 1,184,510 people are currently vaccinated in France. The time between the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine is still 3 or 4 weeks. A new health protection council is due to be held on Wednesday. However, a new containment does not seem to be planned immediately. The executive wants to take time to observe the results of the 6:00 p.m. curfew. The milestone of 100 million cases has now been passed worldwide. The UK is the first European country to cross the grim threshold of 100,000 deaths.
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