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Primary and secondary schools and out-of-school care will reopen on January 10 in the Netherlands, the government announced on Monday, marking a first step towards the reopening of the country, confined for two weeks to try to stop the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the Covid -19.
Students in higher education will have to take their courses online “because of an increase in the number of infections in this age group,” said the government. Keeping higher education institutions closed will also give “this age group more time to receive a booster dose” of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the government, which will reassess the situation on January 14.
US health authorities on Monday authorized a booster of Pfizer’s vaccine for 12-15 year olds, and reduced from six to five months the time before the injection of this third dose, for all age groups.
These decisions come at the height of the epidemic in the country, linked to the Omicron variant, and when schoolchildren are preparing to return to class after the end of year holidays.
The US Medicines Agency (FDA) has also authorized a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNtech’s vaccine for immunocompromised children between the ages of 5 and 11. These are, for example, those who have received an organ transplant. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have yet to endorse this decision.
On the eve of the derby in Lens in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, Lille announced on Monday that it had seven Covid-positive players in its workforce.
“We had four cases of Covid which turn into seven cases of Covid. We retested the players today and there were three more positive ones, ”said Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec at a press conference.
Olivier Véran defended Monday before the National Assembly the bill creating the vaccine pass, fought by part of the opposition that the Minister of Health accused of being won by “selfishness” or “withdrawal into self”.
Faced with the “tidal wave” of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19, “vertiginous”, it is a question of transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or transport interregional public, he recalled, at the start of the debates at first reading.
“We have a vaccine” and by Tuesday, the French will be “53 million to have received a first injection”, underlined the minister, for whom this shows that “French society is not divided”. For him, it is a text of “cold blood and responsibility”.
Nearly 3,000 cruise ship passengers, mostly German, were disembarked Monday in Lisbon instead of returning to the Spanish Canary Islands after several cases of Covid-19 on board, Portuguese authorities announced.
The first passengers to test negative began to disembark at dawn on Monday to be taken by bus “to Lisbon airport to return to their original destination,” Diogo Vieira Branco, captain of the port of Lisbon and commander of the maritime police of the Portuguese capital.
An investigation was opened Friday after the publication of an article in the daily Le Parisien in which its authors explain having obtained a fake health pass from an organized network, we learned on Monday from police sources close to the case. .
The investigation, opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office for forgery and use of forgery, was entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of astute delinquency (BRDA) of the Paris judicial police, according to the two sources.
FC Metz, rather spared since the start of the pandemic, announced to AFP on Monday that it had four cases of Covid within its professional workforce, confirming information from the daily Le Républicain Lorrain.
The President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. A press release says he had been showing “mild symptoms” since last night.
In solitary confinement, he will continue to perform his functions from a distance, we can also read.
The president of Botswana, one of the first countries with neighboring South Africa to detect the Omicron variant, has been placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid, the government said in a statement on Monday.
The government has announced increased aid for businesses affected by health restrictions, particularly the tourism sector, at a time when the Omicron variant is sweeping and threatening the French economy.
All companies subject to health restriction measures will benefit from the partial activity without any remaining charges, said the Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire after a meeting in Bercy, adding that the fixed costs support system will be extended to all tourism companies, and reimbursements of less than 50,000 euros will be accelerated.
The Minister Delegate in charge of Equality between Women and Men Elisabeth Moreno announced on Monday that she tested positive for Covid-19 and continued her duties remotely.
Contact case, I carried out a test this morning and I have just learned that I am positive for Covid-19.
In accordance with the rules in force decreed by the Government, I isolate myself from now on and continue to carry out my functions from a distance.
– Elisabeth Moreno (@ 1ElisaMoreno) January 3, 2022
The RN presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will postpone by three weeks, “because of the health situation”, the meeting initially scheduled for January 15 to launch her campaign, her press service announced on Monday.
The month of January will be “difficult in the hospital”, given the Covid-19 epidemic and “other pathologies”, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, warned on Monday on France Inter, saying not to see for the moment “slowing down” of the Omicron variant.
“The risk with Omicron is a risk of saturation of our hospitals, conventional hospital beds,” he warned. “Omicron is less dangerous” and “causes less acute respiratory distress, and the need for intensive care beds is less than with the previous variants”, but it can cause “oxygen requirements of three, four days and therefore one expects an influx of patients in conventional hospital beds, “said the minister.
US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has contracted Covid-19, the Pentagon announced on Sunday, adding that he was suffering from “mild” symptoms and would remain in quarantine at home for the next five days.
In a statement released by his ministry, Austin said he was fully vaccinated, including with a third booster dose, “so the infection is much lighter than it would have been otherwise,” writes -he.
“Vaccines work and will remain a military medical requirement for our personnel,” added the Pentagon chief. “I continue to encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster dose to take it.”
The pupils are now back on the road to school. In terms of health protocol, no big change to be expected for this risky return to school: level 3 (out of 4) is maintained in elementary schools, just like level 2 in middle and high schools, in order to reduce mixing. between classes and levels.
The only change: the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has decided to strengthen the “contact tracing” policy, which will subject the pupils to three tests in four days if there is a positive in the class.
“What changes is that from now on, when the family takes the first test, they will receive two free self-tests in the pharmacy, so that the students can test themselves again at home on D + 2 and D + 4”, a indicated the minister, in an interview with Parisien Sunday evening.