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DIRECT – Coronavirus: “the vaccine pass should come into effect as early as next week”, says Gabriel Attal


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.

1:20 p.m.

“The vaccine pass should come into effect next week,” said Gabriel Attal.


“With 300,000 cases per day, only 2% of classes are closed today,” said Gabriel Attal, government spokesman.


The Paris SG winter internship, initially scheduled from January 16 to 19 in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been postponed “in view of the health situation in France,” the Parisian club announced on Wednesday.

“In view of the health situation in France, Paris Saint-Germain has decided to preserve the health of its staff and its players to postpone the Qatar Winter Tour 2022 and the friendly match in Riyadh”, which was scheduled for Wednesday January 19 against a selection of local players, the club said in a statement.


A hundred Rwandans have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent days, claiming to flee the vaccination against Covid-19, often compulsory in their country, we learned from local sources on Wednesday.

They came in small groups in canoes to the south of the island of Idjwi, located on Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda and the DRC, where the authorities are however seeking to formally identify their profile and the reasons for their arrival.

10:25 a.m.

Between 500,000 and 700,000 people who have not recalled their Covid-19 vaccine theoretically risk having their health pass deactivated on Saturday, a number, however, undoubtedly overestimated, the Minister of Health said on Wednesday.

“We have roughly between 500 and 700,000 (people) who, two days ago had not yet received their reminder,” said Olivier Véran on franceinfo, stressing however that the number of passes deactivated on that date- stopper would undoubtedly be lower.


The pressure due to the fifth wave of Covid is further accentuating the hospital, which has more than 23,000 patients, including nearly 4,000 in critical care, according to figures released Tuesday evening by Public Health France.

The number of new confirmed cases stands at 368,149, a new record if we take into account only the statements communicated each evening. But these data can be reviewed by the health authorities, who have thus established a posteriori that the milestone of 400,000 new cases (409,370) had been crossed on January 3.

6:00 a.m.

The French-speaking province of Canada wants to introduce a new tax only for the unvaccinated. The government of the French-speaking province of Canada hard hit by the Omicron wave wants this “health contribution” to represent a “significant amount”, still under discussion.

“It is not for all Quebecers to pay,” said Quebec Prime Minister François Egault.