181 dead in 24 hours, 25,276 hospitalized

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Indoor mask requirements end in Spain on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson suspends sales forecasts for its vaccine, Warsaw refuses to accept and pay for new shipments of vaccine… Le figaro provides an update on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic this Tuesday, April 19.

181 dead in 24 hours, 25,276 hospitalized

According to Public Health France, 181 people have died from Covid in the last 24 hours. 25,276 patients are currently hospitalized (up from 24,990 on Monday), including 2,195 since Tuesday. 1681 patients are treated in the intensive care unit.

Warsaw refuses to accept and pay for new shipments of vaccines

Poland is refusing to receive and pay for new shipments of anti-Covid vaccines, the health minister said on Tuesday, noting that his country still has 25 million unused doses.

Late last week we invoked force majeure and informed both the European Commission and the main vaccine manufacturer (Pfizer, ed.) that we had refused to receive these vaccines and that we also refused to paysaid Adam Niedzielski on TV news streaming TVN24. “This situation will lead to litigation. In fact, it’s already happening“He added, noting that the contract for the vaccines had been signed.”between the Commission and the producersand that his country is not a direct party to this treaty.

According to him, Poland, a country of 38 million people, still has 25 million doses of vaccine while 67-70 million others have been ordered. Currently, about 51% of Poles are fully vaccinated, 59% received a single dose, and the vaccination rate has fallen sharply, according to the Ministry of Health.

The indoor mask requirement ends on Wednesday in Spain

The Spanish government on Tuesday approved the decree ending the compulsory wearing of masks indoors from Wednesday except in transport, hospitals and retirement homes. Spain will thus lift one of the last restrictions in place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic more than two years ago, thanks to “a favorable epidemiological context“resulting from a”very high vaccination rate“Stated Health Minister Carolina Darias at the end of the Council of Ministers. “We are moving towards a return to pre-pandemic normalcy‘ greeted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Twitter.

However, the mask remains mandatory in health centers, hospitals, retirement homes, as well as on public transport, according to the decree adopted on Tuesday, which will come into force on Wednesday morning once published in the Official Journal.

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After the airlines, Uber is also making the mask optional in the United States

Uber announced on Tuesday that drivers and passengers in its vehicles in the United States will no longer be required to wear masks, following a lead by American airlines that made wearing sanitary masks on their planes optional on Monday.

If you are not comfortable, you can cancel your ride at any timeUber notes on its website, emphasizing that health authorities always recommend wearing a mask in the event of personal risks or a high rate of transmission of Covid-19 in the region.

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Johnson & Johnson is suspending sales guidance for its Covid vaccine

The pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) suspended the sales forecast for its vaccine against Covid-19, the demand for which is lower than that of the serums from Moderna and Pfizer, when it published its quarterly results on Tuesday. On Wall Street, J&J’s e-commerce action ahead of the New York Stock Exchange’s opening brought 0.37% to $177.00.

In the fourth quarter of last year, the American giant had expected sales of between $3 billion and $3.5 billion in 2022 for its adenoviral vector vaccine. In comparison, Pfizer has forecast that it will make about $32 billion this year from sales of its messenger RNA vaccine co-developed with BioNTech. Moderna estimated in March that sales of its Spikevax vaccine would bring it $21 billion.

Aside from being less popular than its competitors, J&J’s Janssen vaccine has encountered a number of problems, including the rare occurrence of blood clots in some patients.

Covid number rises in Shanghai with 10 dead

The city of Shanghai on Tuesday announced seven new deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in China’s economic capital to 10 since the beginning of the month, when companies like Tesla resumed work.

Since the supply chains were blocked by the restrictions, companies had to stop production in the 25 million metropolis after the lockdown was introduced. Local authorities, like the rest of China and unlike many countries choosing to coexist with the virus and lifting restrictions, are continuing to pursue policies.zero covidamid the worst epidemic outbreak in China since the emergence of Covid-19 in late 2019.

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