DIRECT. Covid-19: lack of personnel, more than 6,800 flights canceled this weekend, thousands delayed

The essential

  • It’s a new Christmas under Covid with Omicron, which scares the contamination figures: more 94,124 new cases were identified on Friday in France, unheard of since the start of the health crisis.
  • The French are keen to spend this December 25 with peace of mind: 1.55 million tests were carried out during the day of Thursday… which saturated the results platform.
  • More than 16,100 patients are hospitalized in France due to Covid-19, including 3,254 patients treated in critical care. 169 new deaths linked to Covid-19 were also recorded on Friday.
  • A Defense Council will be held on Monday in addition to an exceptional Council of Ministers dedicated to the vaccine pass.
  • How long does the protection of the vaccine booster last? A first British study provides some answers.

Follow the events of the day live:

9 hours. In China the sanctions will fall. 26 politicians will be sanctioned in China for failing to prevent a Covid outbreak in the large city of Xi’an (north), famous for its terracotta army. The 13 million inhabitants have been confined since Thursday following new contaminations, attributed to the arrival of a plane from Pakistan. Only one person per household is allowed to go out shopping every two days. Only essential workers can get to work.

8:50 am. In Australia, same story. Record cases of Covid are reported this Saturday across the country-continent. So much so that overwhelmed screening centers had to close earlier. The state of New South Wales has recorded the highest number of daily Covid cases in its history, with 6,288 new infections among 149,261 tests carried out between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. yesterday. Victoria State has 2,108 new cases and six deaths. In Queensland, there are 765 new cases including 151 of Omicron.

In New South Wales, the record 6,288 new cases have been detected from.

8:30 am. The words of an eminent specialist. Chairman of the group of independent experts consulted by the US Food and Drug Administration, Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, looks back on the year for the journal British The Guardian. “The first thing is that we didn’t expect our vaccines to be so good, so effective,” he explains. He adds his astonishment at the rejection of tens of millions of Americans. “Those of us who are on the front lines in terms of development or evaluation, are so incredulous that people do not want to be vaccinated …”

8:15 am. The Roche test can be used from 2 years old. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for the Roche lab rapid home test, which can be used by teens as young as 14, and even ages 2 to 13 under the supervision of a adult, according to the company. The drugmaker says its nasal swab test is “capable of producing accurate, reliable and rapid results in just 20 minutes” for SARS-CoV-2 and all variants of concern, including Omicron. US President Joe Biden recently unveiled plans to purchase 500 million COVID-19 rapid tests that will be distributed free to Americans who request them from January.

8 hours. In Savoy, new restrictions. Prefect Pascal Bolot announced yesterday that due to the influx of people in ski resorts, he was reimposing the mask outdoors in Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains and Albertville, from 9 a.m. to midnight. You must sit down to eat and drink in the bars and restaurants of the 38 ski resorts in the department.

7:50 a.m. Still in Great Britain. One in 20 Londoners had COVID-19 last week, a figure that could rise to one in 10 by the start of next week, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics. In fact, there are many staff shortages, especially in industry and transport.

7:40 am. Across the Channel too, Omicron explodes the statistics. The United Kingdom recorded 122,186 additional Covid-19 cases yesterday, a new record since the start of the pandemic. This is the third day that the number of known cases exceeds 100,000.

7:30 am. Over 6,800 canceled flights. Not only has air traffic not recovered to its pre-pandemic level, but commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, due to the current uncertainty over Covid. To the 2,231 flights canceled Thursday, 2,401 flights canceled yesterday are already added 1,779 planes grounded this Saturday and 402 which will remain so tomorrow, according to the flight monitoring site Almost 10,000 other flights were delayed. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines cite the lack of personnel to fly their planes.

7.20 a.m. Omicron expands to the USA. New York City reported more than 44,000 new infections yesterday alone, breaking the state’s daily record. At least 10 other U.S. states set new single-day case records Thursday or yesterday.

7:10. No cabaret for the 31st in Belgium. It is tomorrow that the closure of cinemas and theaters to fight against Covid-19 will enter into force in the Belgian kingdom.

7 hours. Hello and welcome to this live. We follow the news of the Covid, in France and elsewhere, throughout this Christmas day.

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DIRECT. Covid-19: lack of personnel, more than 6,800 flights canceled this weekend, thousands delayed