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More than 200,000 positive cases recorded in 24 hours in the United Kingdom, according to an official source. A record since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The police brought to light “192,483 false health passes on December 30”, according to a new report communicated Tuesday by the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin.
The minister, who was speaking during the questioning of the government at the National Assembly, added that “435” investigations had been opened by the courts. He also indicated that the police had proceeded on December 30 to “1,919 verbalizations” concerning the fact of lending his health pass to a third person.
On December 20, the Interior Ministry reported 182,000 false passes and 400 open investigations.
Christophe Castaner returned to the interruption of the session at the National Assembly last night whose work focused on the adoption of the text on the vaccine pass.
The president of the deputies of the Republic in March explained that a “large majority” of elected officials were in favor of article 1, which relates to the vaccination pass, the implementation of which is scheduled for January 15, after adoption of the Assembly and the Senate.
He also mocked members of the Republicans for having been “in disagreement”, “or 32 members of the party, at a time when only 4 were following the decision of their presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse”.
Christophe Castaner on the vaccination pass vote: “It’s a political coup organized by all the minorities, who lost all of the votes” pic.twitter.com/YLuUdvH4t4
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Nearly 300,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in France over the past 24 hours, the Minister of Health, Oliver Véran announced on Tuesday, in a context still marked by the outbreak of the Omicron variant.
“Today, Public Health France risks announcing close to 300,000 contaminations over 24 hours”, a probably record level, declared Mr. Véran to the National Assembly.
Prime Minister Jean Castex denounced Tuesday as “unacceptable violence” the increase in attacks and death threats against elected officials before the debate in the National Assembly on the vaccine pass, promising to punish these “despicable acts”. “As regards the depositaries of public authority, the depositaries of universal suffrage, then the recourse to violence is democracy, the republican pact that it comes to threaten”, affirmed Mr. Castex, in response to a question from LREM deputy for Oise Pascal Bois, whose garage was burnt down last week.
The Indian capital New Delhi has imposed new measures to fight Covid-19 including confinement during weekends to respond to an increase in contamination deemed “worrying” by the authorities.
Debates before the National Assembly on the bill creating the vaccine pass, interrupted unexpectedly Monday evening, will continue on Tuesday evening, AFP said.
The United States, facing a worrying fifth wave of Covid-19 fueled by the Omicron variant, recorded a world record of more than one million daily cases on Monday, according to the report from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser on the health crisis, said on Sunday that the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States follows an “almost vertical” curve.
The children of caregivers will continue to be welcomed at school in the event of their classes being closed due to contamination by Covid-19, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Tuesday morning.
“We have planned a reception throughout France (…) of the children of caregivers to ensure that caregivers can continue to work”, he indicated on France Inter, specifying that the detailed list of health professions concerned would be communicated “during the day”.
China has confined more than a million additional inhabitants in a locality in the center of the country after the discovery of three asymptomatic cases of Covid-19, one month before the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Since the start of the epidemic, the authorities have applied a “zero Covid” strategy which consists of doing everything to limit the occurrence of new cases as much as possible.
However, sporadic rebounds have been occurring regularly in recent months and the country is redoubling its vigilance as the Winter Olympics approach (February 4-20, 2022).
The city of Yuzhou, located in Henan province nearly 800 km south of Beijing, announced Monday evening to its 1.2 million residents that they had to stay at home, in order to limit the spread of the virus.
The measure, the duration of which has not been specified, is taken after the discovery of three asymptomatic cases of Covid-19.
Coup de theater at the National Assembly on the night of Monday to Tuesday when the examination of the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass was the subject of a surprise suspension, after a majority of deputies refused by a show of hands the continuation of the debates.
This surprise suspension, loudly greeted by the opposition, is likely to derail the timetable for the final adoption of the text by parliament initially scheduled for the end of the week.
It will be up to the conference of parliamentary group presidents at the Palais Bourbon, which will meet on Tuesday at 10 a.m., to include the rest of the examination of the text on the Assembly’s agenda, perhaps as early as Tuesday evening or Wednesday, said a parliamentary source.