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DIRECT – Coronavirus: several players from the French Handball team tested positive


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10:00 p.m.

Several players from the French men’s handball team gathered in preparation for the European championship which begins on January 13 have tested positive for Covid, the French handball federation announced on Sunday.

“All the players and staff members called for this camp from December 26 to 30 were subject to a very strict protocol. A first test carried out on Friday 24 then a second on Sunday 26 December, upon their arrival at the Maison du handball, made it possible to detect several positive cases for Covid-19 while all the actors were placed in isolation “, indicates a statement.

8:56 p.m.

The Omicron variant continues to spread in the United States, where health officials in New York are seeing an increase in the number of children hospitalized in connection with Covid-19, while the White House on Sunday promised to quickly resolve the shortage of tests in the country.

The New York State Department of Health “is closely monitoring an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19,” according to a statement released Friday.

6.30 p.m.

Several thousand people, 5,000 according to the police, demonstrated on Sunday in Brussels to protest against the closure of performance halls imposed by the authorities to stem the spread of the Omicron variant.

Perched on a platform, officials of major Brussels cultural institutions, such as the Royal Flemish Theater (KVS) and the La Monnaie opera house, called on politicians to “reconsider” the decision to close the theaters as of Sunday, while the latest wave of the pandemic continues to ebb in Belgium.

4:18 p.m.

The shortage of Covid-19 tests observed in the United States will soon be resolved, assured Dr.Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser in the fight against the pandemic, on Sunday, as the country observes an outbreak of cases due to the Omicron variant.

“One of the problems right now is that (the tests) won’t be fully available to everyone before January,” the epidemiologist told ABC.

2:55 p.m.

Leeds announced on Sunday that their match against Aston Villa, counting for Matchday 20 of the Premier League and scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed due to the late release from isolation of their players who tested positive for Covid-19.

“Although we have no new cases of Covid in our workforce, the majority of players who had tested positive before the match against Liverpool (already postponed, note) have not yet come out of isolation”, explained in his communicated the club coached by Marcelo Bielsa.

11:55 a.m.

The meeting between the Toulouse Stadium and the French Stadium, scheduled for Sunday evening at the Toulouse Stadium and counting for the 13th day of the Top 14, was postponed due to “the health situation of the workforce” in Paris, announced the League in a statement.

This is the fourth match of this 13th day, called “Boxing Day” scheduled for Sunday and Monday, which is postponed due to the spread of cases of Covid-19 in the workforce of French rugby clubs.


World number 14 Denis Shapovalov tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Sydney, he said on Sunday, highlighting the threat of the virus hanging over the Australian Open. “Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that when I arrived in Sydney I tested positive for Covid,” Shapovalov tweeted on Sunday.

“I follow all the protocols, including the isolation and the information of the people with whom I have been in contact,” he reassured. “Right now I’m experiencing minor symptoms and can’t wait to get back on court when it’s safe.”

The 22-year-old was one of the first to arrive in Australia for his ATP Cup appearance where he was supposed to play for Canada, three weeks before the first Grand Slam of the year.


France crossed the threshold of 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours on Saturday, Christmas Day, unprecedented, while the government must reassess the situation on Monday.

With 104,611 new cases in 24 hours, the country has reached a threshold unprecedented since the start of the epidemic in March 2020, according to figures released on Saturday evening by the French public health agency.

The 50,000 mark was passed on December 4 and this figure has therefore doubled in three weeks, according to data from the health agency.