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DIRECT – Coronavirus: WHO foresees an end to the crisis in 2022, with 70% vaccinated


As hospital pressure stabilizes, the government has begun lifting health restrictions. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France and around the world.

6:44 p.m.

The “acute phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic will end this year if the target of 70% of the world’s population vaccinated is reached, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

“We expect an end to the acute phase of the pandemic this year, on the condition of course that 70% of the world’s population is vaccinated by the middle of the year, around June or July,” he told the press Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, visiting South Africa.

“It’s in our hands (…) It’s a matter of choice,” he added.

1:21 p.m.

Italy took a step towards a gradual return to normality in the fight against Covid on Friday with the end of the obligation to wear a mask outside and the reopening of nightclubs.

From this Friday, throughout the national territory, the mask is no longer essential in the open air, but you must always have one at hand to be able to wear it in the event of a crowd, even outside, specified the Ministry of Health.

12:11 p.m.

The mask will no longer be compulsory in closed places subject to the vaccination pass from February 28, with the exception of transport, the Ministry of Health said on Friday, highlighting the “improvement of the health situation”.

“Wearing a mask indoors will be maintained in transport and enclosed places not subject to the vaccination pass. In other closed places subject to the vaccination pass, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory, ”detailed the ministry in a press release.


The health protocol linked to Covid in schools will be lightened upon the return of school holidays in each zone, with the abolition in particular of the wearing of masks in the playground, the Ministry of National Education announced on Friday.

The number of self-tests requested for contact case students will be reduced from three to one from February 28. The sworn statements submitted by families after the first self-test will be abolished from February 21, he said after a meeting with union representatives.

11:30 a.m.

The Ministry of National Education announces in a letter that the Covid protocol will be lightened after school holidays.


Among vaccinated people, the risk of having a severe form of Covid-19 appears to be strongly associated with age, taking immunosuppressants or oral corticosteroids and the presence of certain comorbidities, confirmed this Friday a large study.

The finding was known but this study, which focused on all people with a complete vaccination schedule (two doses or one dose and one infection) in France on July 31, i.e. 28 million people, delivers interesting figures.


In Guadeloupe, the carnival, initially canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemic, can finally be held on condition of “respecting a protocol for health security and public order”, the prefecture announced on Thursday. The carnival, which in Guadeloupe takes place every week between Epiphany Sunday and Ash Wednesday, had been canceled for the second consecutive year.