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DIRECT – Coronavirus: government spokesperson announces “a plan to strengthen” testing capacities


France is facing a fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, pushing the government to take new measures. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France or in the world.

1:02 p.m.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Sunday “a plan to strengthen our testing policy” in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, including the deployment of “several hundred” testing centers near vaccination centers.

“Almost 10 million people” are tested per week but the queues are getting longer, admitted Mr. Attal, indicating that “we (were going) to increase the number of testing centers”.

11:29 a.m.

Africa has recorded a total of more than 10 million cases of coronavirus, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the continent (Africa CDC), which depends on the African Union (AU), consulted on Sunday by the ‘AFP.

Data released by the African Centers for Disease Control showed that as of Saturday, 10,028,508 cases had been reported by the 55 member states of the African Union since the start of the pandemic. A total of 231,157 deaths have been recorded, the CDC said.


Peru recorded more than 16,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, a record in this country also hit by the Omicron variant.

The figure of 16,135 new cases, published by the Ministry of Health, brings to 2,358,685 the total number of infections in 22 months of the pandemic in this country of 33 million inhabitants.

9:27 a.m.

The few days of break since the eventful adoption by the deputies of the vaccination pass will they have calmed the spirits? Response at the beginning of the week to the Senate, with a right-wing majority, which will examine the bill on Monday in committee, then on Tuesday in the hemicycle.

Despite the delay in the initial schedule, due to the delay at the Palais Bourbon, the government is still hoping for the entry into force of the law transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass on January 15.

Those over 12 will then need to be able to prove their vaccination status to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport. A negative test will no longer suffice, except for access to health establishments and services.


The demonstrations of health passes and opponents of the Covid-19 vaccine experienced a very clear rebound in France on Saturday, with 105,200 participants, four times more than during the previous mobilization of December 18, according to the authorities.

This burst of mobilization comes after comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said this week that he wanted to “piss off” the unvaccinated “.


Dozens of prominent Hong Kong figures, including the police chief and the finance minister, will be allowed out of quarantine after one of two Covid-19 cases detected at a party they attended was declared false positive Saturday.


The pandemic has killed more than 5,478,486 people worldwide, according to AFP’s report on Saturday at 11:00 GMT. The United States is the most bereaved country with 837,262 dead, followed by Brazil (619,937), India (483,463) and Russia (315,400). Mexico passed the 300,000 dead mark on Friday.

However, the World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

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