The canton of Bern denounces a further delay in delivery of doses and calls on the Federal Council to entrust the matter to the private sector.
About a thousand people participated in a Saturday demonstration in Schaffhausen without permission from the authorities.
The global pandemic toll has officially passed the three million dead.
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■ Schaffhausen anger against the restrictions
A thousand people gathered on Saturday afternoon in Schaffhausen to denounce the measures to combat the coronavirus. This gathering was not authorized by the authorities.
The police were present in large numbers because the rally was taking place in a peaceful manner. “We remain calm too. There is no cure for foolishness, ”she wrote on Twitter. Protesters, who were not wearing masks, occupied the pedestrian zone for three hours.
The city of Schaffhausen had initially given its authorization for this event. She withdrew it on Thursday, fearing that it would lead to disturbances to security and public order. The protest organizers, however, maintained their call to come together.
■ Libya: first vaccines in Tripoli
The population of the Libyan capital began receiving the first vaccines on Saturday, with authorities prioritizing the elderly and medical staff.
“The vaccines available in Libya are the Russian Sputnik-V for those under 60 and the British AstraZeneca for those over 60. Chinese Sinovac is also available, ”Badreddine al-Najjar, president of the Libyan National Center for Disease Control (CDC), told AFP.
Libya currently records around a thousand new infections per day, up from recent months, with an official toll of 171,131 cases including 2,882 deaths.
■ The canton of Bern angry with the FOPH
Bernese State Councilor Pierre Alain Schnegg denounced on Saturday a further delay in the delivery of Moderna while the Confederation asks to be vaccinated without reservation. “The Federal Council must withdraw this file from the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) to entrust it to industry professionals”.
According to communicated from the Bernese health directorate, the Confederation informed Friday evening that only a small part of the large supply of Moderna vaccines had reached it. This delay comes one day after a meeting of the cantonal health directors with Federal Councilor Alain Berset and the FOPH. On this occasion, the cantons were urged not to keep the second dose in reserve.
■ Less deadly precedents
The toll from the Covid-19 pandemic, which now exceeds three million deaths, is already higher than most viral epidemics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with the notable exceptions of the Spanish flu and AIDS.
- The predecessor of Sars-Cov-2, the Sars-Cov-1 at the origin of the epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2002-2003, caused only 774 deaths
- In 2009, the influenza A (H1N1), known as “porcine”, has killed between 151,700 and 575,400, an assessment comparable to seasonal influenza reports, which kill between 290,000 and 650,000 people per year according to the WHO
- In the twentieth century, two major influenza pandemics, that of 1957-58 known as the Asian flu and that of 1968-70 known as the Hong Kong flu, each killed around one million people. The so-called “Spanish” flu from 1918-1919 killed 50 million people
- Since 1976, Ebola killed around 15,000 people, exclusively in Africa. This virus is more lethal than Sars-Cov-2 (around 50% of patients die from it, according to the WHO), but much less contagious. The page has resulted in the deaths of nearly 33 million people. As for the viruses of hepatitis B and C, they kill about 1.3 million people annually
■ Three million dead
More than 3 million victims of Covid-19 have been officially recorded worldwide, according to a count made Saturday morning by AFP from reports provided by the health authorities.
After a slight lull in March, the number of daily deaths is on the rise again, with an average of more than 12,000 deaths per day last week globally, approaching the 14,500 daily deaths recorded at the end of January, at the highest of l ‘epidemic.
More than 139 million cases have been recorded worldwide since the start of the epidemic, including around 730,000 per day currently, a figure that has been rising steadily since the end of February.
■ Spain extends quarantines on arrival
The Spanish authorities extended Saturday until the beginning of May the obligation to place themselves in quarantine for all passengers arriving from twelve countries – Brazil, Peru, Colombia and nine African countries – because of fears related to variants of the coronavirus.
Madrid justifies this decision by “the concern about the effects of the Brazilian and South African variants” and “their extension to neighboring countries”, in particular because of “their greater contagiousness, the risk of re-infections and a possible decrease in efficacy. vaccine ”.
■ Ontario “ashore”
Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, is toughening and extending its confinement until May 19, including closing its borders to non-essential travel from next week, its Prime Minister announced on Friday.
“We are losing the ongoing battle between variants and vaccines,” said Doug Ford. “We can change that. We’re on the ground, but it’s not over yet. ”
Canada has for several days recorded more cases per capita than the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has recorded more than 1.1 million infections since the start of the pandemic and some 23,500 deaths.
■ India, the next epicenter?
A weekend lockdown goes into effect Saturday in India, as the country threatens to become the next epicenter of the pandemic and a reservoir of new variants comparable to Brazil.
More than 1,000 daily deaths are recorded in this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, or nine times more than at the beginning of March, a rise similar to that of contaminations (more than 188,000 per day against 15,000 at the beginning of March).
The Hindu religious festival Kumbh Mela, which has been taking place in the north of the country since January, has attracted 25 million people without masks or distancing, including 4.6 million in the space of two days this week.
■ Race for vaccination
The vaccination race, which is very uneven depending on the country, has reached nearly 863 million injected doses worldwide according to AFP. However, it suffers from the setbacks of the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines and is caught up by the proliferation of more contagious variants which are becoming dominant forces in the pandemic.
One of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of vaccination, Chile has published a study indicating that the Chinese Coronavac vaccine has been shown to be 67% effective in preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19 and 80% in preventing deaths .