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.
Companies located in the Overseas Territories most affected by the restrictions taken to stem the health crisis in November and December will be able to benefit from aid, the government announced on Sunday. The measures concern companies in “protected sectors”, registered on the S1 and S1 bis lists, such as restaurants, travel agencies and sports halls.
The time to take a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be reduced, from February 15, to a maximum of 4 months instead of 7 to be able to keep a valid health pass, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in the JDD. The rule currently in force is that from January 15, the health pass becomes inactive after 7 months in the absence of a booster dose, often called the third dose.
According to Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist, the peak in the number of Covid-19 cases “should peak in mid-January”. He adds that “the peak hospital could take place a week later” and that “Ile-de-France will be the first affected”. Asked by the Journal du dimanche, this member of the Scientific Council said to expect “an immense logistical and organizational challenge”, while the hospital is “already very tested by 22 months of health crisis”.
CNEWS morning guest, pediatrician Robert Cohen explains that the Omicron variant “does not create more severe infections in children, but there will be more cases and that is also true in children”. According to him, installing CO2 sensors at school “is imperative”. The specialist recalls the importance of air quality in the fight against a virus whose transmission is airborne.
The isolation rules for people positive for Covid-19 will be lightened from Monday, January 3. French people with a complete vaccination schedule will have to isolate themselves for 7 days regardless of the variant, an isolation which can be lifted after 5 days in the event of a negative antigen or PCR test.
In addition, there will be no more quarantine for contact cases with a complete vaccination schedule, announced Olivier Véran in the Journal du Dimanche.