UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new results and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Drop in contamination in France, Chile reopens its land borders after three years… Le Figaro takes stock this Sunday, May 1 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Decline in contamination in France
Covid-19 contaminations continue their sharp decline in France, the average number of positive tests over the past seven days having fallen by almost 30% in one week, according to figures published on Sunday by the health authorities. That seven-day average – more meaningful than the daily figures because it smooths out variations by day of the week – stood at 54,011 cases on Sunday, down from 57,186 on Friday and 76,130 a week ago. It exceeded 130,000 in early April.
In one week, the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 also fell, to 23,327 including 208 new admissions, against 24,888 including 372 new admissions a week ago, according to data from Public Health France. Within the hospital, the critical care services are also affected by this drop: they had 1,557 Covid patients on Sunday, against 1,640 a week earlier. The number of new daily admissions was 19 on Sunday against 35 a week earlier.
In total, since the start of the epidemic more than two years ago, 145,962 people have been killed by the virus in France, i.e. 22 more deaths in 24 hours.
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Chile reopens land borders after three years
Chile announced the reopening on Sunday of 22 land border posts closed since March 17, 2020 with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, due to the coronavirus epidemic. Only goods could pass through these crossing points, which were closed to the movement of people.
The epidemic has stabilized in Chile, although health measures continue to apply, mainly to non-resident foreigners.
Three levels of alert are in place and this Sunday, the borders must operate according to level 1 meaning that there are no restrictions on travel inside or outside the country.
Taiwan will not “cruelly” confine its population like in China
Taiwan will not actas cruelly as chinaby imposing containment measures, the island’s prime minister said on Sunday, despite the increase in cases of coronavirus contamination. “We will not confine the country and cities as cruelly as ChinaPrime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters ahead of a government meeting on pandemic prevention.
“Countries around the world have reopened to live with the virus. Taiwan (…) will continue to move towards (the ability to live normally) and gradually enter a new phase of epidemic prevention“, declared this politician of the party in power, which tends towards the independence of this territory.
The island recorded for the first time since the start of the pandemic more than 10,000 new cases on Thursday, when the government abandoned its strategy “zero covidand decided to live with the virus. On Sunday, 16,936 cases were recorded.
Shanghai reports 38 new Covid-19 deaths for April 30
Shanghai reported 38 new COVID-19-related deaths on April 30, up from 47 a day earlier, the local health authority said Sunday. The city discovered 7,084 new asymptomatic local coronavirus cases on April 30, up from 8,932 the previous day, the authority said in a statement. New local symptomatic cases stood at 788 compared to 1249 the previous day.
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