LIVE – Covid: new reinforcements sent to the West Indies on Friday

France to place Algeria and Morocco on its red list

They are now classified as “countries where the virus is circulating quite actively with variants of concern”. Algeria and Morocco will be placed on the red list by France, the two countries being faced with the most violent epidemic wave they have encountered since the start of the health crisis.

The order identifying the areas of circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection was amended on Wednesday to include the two countries.

“This decree will be published in the Official Journal of the French Republic and will come into force on August 21,” specifies the ministerial decree.

The two countries were until now placed on the orange list, they were then considered as territories “where the circulation of the virus still exists, but is controlled and where there is no worrying variant”. They are now joining Tunisia, another Maghreb country placed on the red list since July 18.

Unvaccinated people from Morocco or Algeria will no longer be able to enter France, except for compelling reasons. Beyond the health situation of the country, the other essential factor for these people wishing to go to France will be vaccination: for those who are not vaccinated, they will have to undergo an antigen test when they arrive in France. as well as a compulsory and controlled isolation of 10 days.

The Gironde is experimenting with a health pass in the form of a “bracelet”

From Thursday, the Gironde department is experimenting with a “bracelet” serving as a health pass to facilitate entry into bars and restaurants.

In total, 20,000 bracelets will be made available to establishments in the most frequented tourist places of the Gironde, in particular in Bordeaux, in the Arcachon basin and in Saint-Emilion, according to the UMIH (Union des métiers et des industries de l’Hôtellerie) departmental, which has received the approval of the authorities.

The idea of ​​this test operation was “worked with the Prefecture to get it right,” Martin Guespereau, delegate prefect for defense and security, said on Wednesday.

“The principle: the customer, probably a regular at the establishment, volunteers to present to the operator proof of his complete vaccination schedule as well as his identity. From then on, he will receive an irremovable bracelet as a sesame, allowing him to ‘access the establishment without being checked again,’ explains the UMIH.

It is a question of “facilitating the access of the customers”, underlined to AFP the president of the UMIH-33, Laurent Tournier, arguing that “the health pass has reduced significantly, even very significantly the activity “of restaurateurs.

For the WHO, there is no need for a 3rd dose now from a scientific point of view

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday denounced the rush of rich countries for the 3rd dose of the Covid vaccine and pointed out that the data did not demonstrate the need for a booster now.

“We clearly believe that the current data does not indicate that the boosters are necessary,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a press conference. We have to “wait for science to tell us when boosters are needed, what groups of people and which vaccines need boosters,” she explained.

In Martinique, anti-vax doctors liable to a sanction of their order

The departmental council of the Martinique medical order has decided that doctors publicly expressing an anti-vaccine opinion would be liable to disciplinary sanctions, their public position not respecting the code of ethics.

“Doctors who continue to advocate anti-vaccination are liable to a disciplinary sanction ranging from warning to radiation”, because “they are wrong with the code of ethics,” said the chairman of the board of the order Raymond Hélénon Monday during a press conference in Fort-de-France.

The order will therefore rely on the texts of the public health code to carry out its approach.

The vaccination rate is still low in Martinique (barely 20%), as in Guadeloupe, even if the centers have experienced a large influx in recent days, in the face of the violence of the fourth wave of the epidemic in the West Indies.

New reinforcements on Friday and new evacuations in sight in the West Indies

New reinforcements of caregivers will be sent Friday to Guadeloupe and Martinique, from where a dozen patients should be evacuated to the metropolis in the coming days, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

The airlift continues to relieve West Indian hospitals saturated with Covid-19 cases.

“A little more than 120” caregivers left Tuesday for Guadeloupe and Martinique, and “other reinforcements arrive Friday”, always “evenly distributed between the two islands”, according to the ministry.

These health professionals – whose number has not been specified – must “take over” the 240 doctors, nurses and orderlies who arrived last week.

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