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DIRECT – Coronavirus: New contamination record with nearly 180,000 cases in 24 hours


Faced with the epidemic outbreak, the government announced new measures to fight Covid-19, in particular on the vaccination pass, teleworking, wearing a mask outdoors. Follow all the news related to Covid-19 in France and around the world.

7:20 p.m.

France has recorded a new record for Covid-19 contamination with nearly 180,000 cases in 24 hours according to Public Health France.

7:00 p.m.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the lifting, on December 31, of the ban on entry into the United States for travelers from eight countries in southern Africa, a month after a brutal shutdown caused by the Omicron variant.

“Travel restrictions (…) are no longer necessary to protect public health,” the president said in his decree. This reopening of borders concerns South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

6.30 p.m.

Belgian justice on Tuesday suspended the closure of theaters, cinemas and other performance halls announced last week in Belgium by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to stem the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The authorities have not shown “how theaters in the cultural sector are particularly dangerous places for the health and life of people as they promote the spread of the coronavirus, to the point that it is necessary to ‘order its closure,’ said the Council of State, the highest Belgian administrative court.

5:30 p.m.

Foreseen from 27 to 30 January 2022 following a first cancellation in 2021, the Angoulême international comics festival will not take place.

This decision, communicated on December 28, follows new government announcements, particularly relating to indoor gauges. According to Franck Bondoux, the general manager of FIBD, the demonstration could be postponed for three months, and take place around the month of March.

And this for the second year in a row, the January 2021 edition having been postponed to summer 2021

5:05 p.m.

The Council of State is cautious about the “necessity and proportionality” of the vaccine pass, while the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccine pass arrives Wednesday in committee at the National Assembly.

3:25 p.m.

Foreign travelers not vaccinated against Covid-19, even with a negative test, will no longer be able to enter Finland as of Tuesday, the government announced, to counter the wave of the Omicron variant.

Only foreign travelers with a negative Covid-19 test who can prove a complete vaccination or a past infection are allowed to enter, the Interior Ministry announced after a government meeting.

A border guard spokesperson confirmed to AFP that unvaccinated foreigners would be turned away, unless they are under 16 or appear on an exception list (residents in Finland, essential workers, diplomats, etc. .)


The rapid spread of the Omicron variant will cause “a large number of hospitalizations” of Covid-19 patients, even if it turned out to be slightly less dangerous than its predecessor, the European branch of the World Organization warned on Tuesday. of health.

“A rapid rise in Omicron, like the one we are seeing in several countries, even if combined with slightly less severe illness, will still lead to a large number of hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated,” said to AFP Catherine Smallwood, one of the main officials of WHO Europe.


The majority will apply in its electoral meetings for the presidential election the gauges announced Monday by Prime Minister Jean Castex, even if political activities are protected by the Constitutional Council.


Prime Minister Jean Castex announces a monthly premium of 100 euros net for nurses in critical care services. 24,000 people are affected, according to the head of government.


The sale of Covid self-tests in supermarkets is authorized until January 31, according to the order published in the Official Journal.

8:45 a.m.

The government announced Monday that the return to school would take place on January 3. However, the government is planning changes to the protocol. Thus, the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer announced on France Inter that when there is a positive case in a primary class, the comrades will be able to return to school only after “two or three tests »Negatives taken several days apart.


China has confined tens of thousands of additional people, at a time when the country is facing a record number of Covid-19 contaminations within 40 days of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The city of Xi’an (north), famous for the underground army of the first emperor of China, was thus subjected Tuesday to a sixth day of strict quarantine after a limited epidemic rebound.

6:40 a.m.

Authorities in the state of Jalisco, western Mexico, have refused to disembark a cruise ship in Puerto Vallarta, one of the country’s most popular destinations, due to cases of Covid-19 in edge. According to local health authorities, 69 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed among the crew members.

12:58 am

US health authorities on Monday halved the recommended quarantine time for people positive for Covid-19, with President Joe Biden calling for not to “panic” despite the sharp rise in daily contaminations due to the Omicron variant.

The duration of isolation is reduced from ten to five days for asymptomatic people and from 14 to five for unvaccinated contact cases, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said. The main US health agency also advises wearing a mask for five days after quarantine, while fully vaccinated contact cases do not need to self-isolate.


NBA players who test positive will now be able to come out of quarantine after just six days if they are vaccinated and asymptomatic, the league said in a note sent to the teams and viewed by US media ESPN on Monday. The old anti-Covid protocol imposed a minimum ten-day isolation. The players concerned will still have to provide two negative tests in less than 24 hours to find the courts.