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The Dutch government announced on Tuesday the lifting from February 25 of most health restrictions in the Netherlands, the country recording a drop in hospitalizations and contaminations.
The executive said bars and restaurants will return to pre-pandemic opening hours, and announced the end of the mask-wearing requirement in most public places as well as the social distancing rule.
The Netherlands had imposed some of the strictest restrictions in Europe in December after a spike in cases due to the Omicron variant, before gradually lifting them.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 continues to drop slightly, including those in critical care, amid slowing circulation of the virus, according to official figures released on Tuesday evening.
The total number of hospitalized patients reached 31,091 against 31,532 on Monday and 33,352 people last Tuesday. The number of new admissions (2,454) is on the other hand up compared to the previous day (2,215) but down compared to that of Tuesday of the previous week (3,060).
The critical care services, which receive the most serious cases, had 3,235 Covid patients on Tuesday (including 291 admissions), against 3,296 the day before (311 admissions) and 3,555 the previous Tuesday. A figure that also continues to decline slowly.
The trial of the November 13 attacks will not resume until February 22 because of two new cases of Covid among the accused, President Jean-Louis Périès announced on Tuesday during an express hearing, in the absence of the accused.
Two of the 11 detained defendants, the Belgian-Moroccan Mohamed Amri and the Algerian Adel Haddadi, tested positive for covid, said Mr. Périès.
“This virus seems to have attached itself to us,” commented the president of the special assize court in Paris.
Olaf Scholz refused, like French President Emmanuel Macron a week ago, to submit to a Russian anti-covid test when he arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for his talks with Vladimir Putin, opting for a swab supervised by Berlin, a- we learned from a German government source.
The prices of antigenic tests and self-tests for Covid-19 screening dispensed in pharmacies were significantly reduced on Tuesday, given the explosion in demand at the start of the year, which is causing the bill for Social Security and households to soar. .
After a record month of January, with nearly 46 million Covid tests, including more than 31 million antigens, the price of screening in pharmacies has been reduced by 20%. The price paid by Health Insurance for “sampling and analysis” thus goes from 19 to 15 euros, to which is always added the flat rate of 5 euros for recording the result in the SIDEP computer file.
The price drop also concerns self-tests, which can no longer be sold in supermarkets. The restoration of the pharmacy monopoly is accompanied by a reduction of 20% to 35% of the unit price, from 5.20 to 4.10 euros for children and 3.35 euros for adults.
The Philippines is now at “low risk” in terms of the Covid-19 epidemic due to an increase in vaccination rates and a drop in the number of hospitalizations, said the president’s spokesman Rodrigo Duterte.
The European office of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an increased vaccination effort in Eastern Europe, warning that the “tidal wave” linked to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is advancing east . In the past two weeks, cases of Covid-19 have more than doubled in six countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine) located in the east of what constitutes the European region for the organization, noted Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director.
The chief executive of Hong Kong has said that a total containment of the city, like what is done in China, will not be implemented to curb the unprecedented wave of contamination with the Omicron variant.
After two years of isolation, Mongolia has decided to reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers, hoping to revive an economy weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic.