[En continu] In Germany, the Merkel government wants strict and rapid containment

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On Wednesday, the European Medicines Authority admitted the existence of blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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■ The Merkel government advocates a new turn of the screw

At the end of the day on Wednesday, the German government of Angela Merkel said it was in favor of the establishment of a short-term strict national containment to stem the rise in Covid-19 infections, which puts the hospital system under pressure .

Due to the deterioration of the health situation “any call for a short and uniform lockdown is justified and a common national approach would be appropriate here,” said spokesperson Ulrike Demmer. “The health system is under threatening pressure,” she said, while in recent days several political figures have called for a new turn of the screw at the national level.

The number of patients in intensive care has thus “increased by 5% in one day,” warned the spokesperson.

The seven-day incidence rate reached 110.1 in Germany on Wednesday, with 9,677 officially recorded cases and 298 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch health watch institute. Many restrictions are in place in the face of the pandemic in Germany but no strict containment, and with wide variations according to the Länder.

■ First month without death due to Covid in Polynesia

French Polynesia has just experienced its first month without death from the Covid, after six months of the epidemic, according to the health watch bulletin published this Thursday morning (Paris time) by the local health department.

This community deplores 141 deaths in connection with the Covid. The first occurred in September 2020. In November, the incidence rate in Polynesia was one of the highest in the world (989 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the local hospital center had come close to saturation.

But the epidemic began to ebb in January. The closure of the borders and the quarantine imposed on rare travelers have made it possible to detect the variants before they spread in the population. The incidence rate has fallen to 9 per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

■ Record of contamination in Peru

In Peru, the health ministry said on Wednesday that 314 deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 53,725 since the virus arrived in Peru 13 months ago. The previous daily death record was last Saturday, with 294 dead.

Peruvians are due to vote on Sunday to elect a new president and a new parliament.