8,279 new cases, the “highly transmissible” Omicron variant

COVID. As the end of the year holidays approach, the Omicron variant is worrying. If it has not yet been detected in France, potential cases would already be on our territory, said Monday, the Minister of Health. This beginning of the week, the epidemic continues clearly with almost 30,000 new cases on average this week.

8:15 pm – The incidence rate almost at 300 this Monday!

It is still not worth much on the front of the epidemic in France. This Monday, the Covid-19 figures are worrying. The incidence rate is now 292.13 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants, or 20.84 points more than yesterday.

19:45 – Christine Boutin questions the name of the Omicron variant

Christine Boutin struck again. After confusing Brazilian footballer Gabriel Jesus and Jesus, the former president of the Christian Democratic Party was surprised at the suspicious resemblance between the name of the Omicron variant and that of the current President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. “I wonder about the name of the new variant: #Omicron? Is it a joke or a word close to the surname of our president so that this word is chanted several times a day in our ears until the presidential elections? ! Did I misunderstand? “, She said on Twitter this Sunday before quickly delete his tweet.

19:34 – Pfizer plans an anti-Omicron vaccine .. in 95 days!

Pfizer does not intend to waste another minute. This Monday, the laboratory announced that it had started working on a new version of the anti-Covid vaccine, this time specific to the Omicron variant. The CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla also clarified on the American channel CNBC that “many unknowns” remained on this new mutation, but he insists, “we will know the essential of what there is to know from here a few weeks”. “If the (current) vaccine protects less and we need to create a new vaccine, we started working on it on Friday, we made our first DNA model, which is the first step in the development of a new vaccine. “, added Albert Boula. The latter gave himself 95 days to find “the new vaccine”.

19:05 – Starting this Monday, self-tests every week for 6th year students

This is another great novelty in schools this Monday. To prevent the spread of the virus, in secondary schools, 6th grade students will now have to do two self-tests per week. As a reminder, this measure was taken because this age group does not yet have access to vaccination. “We will give a box of ten self-tests valid for five weeks to 6th year students (…) National education will provide these ten self-tests which are to be carried out as a family,” said Friday, November 26, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. However, they are not compulsory, but strongly recommended.

18:45 – A first case of the Omicron variant detected in Spain

While no case of the Omicron variant has yet been detected in France, Spain is added to the list of countries where the variant is already present. “The microbiology department of the Gregorio-Marañón hospital in Madrid announces the first confirmation of the Omicron variant in Spain,” the hospital said on Monday. in a press release. The establishment said it was “a 51-year-old traveler who returned from South Africa on Sunday and was showing mild symptoms.” The Spanish government meets on Tuesday, November 30, during a council of ministers, and could decide to suspend flights from southern Africa.

6:27 PM – Since Monday, no more class closures from the first case detected

Since Monday, November 29, things have changed for primary schools. If a student tests positive, classes will no longer close directly as before. However, all students will be tested. With a negative result, the pupil will be able to return to class, showing a white paw to the school administration. But with a positive result, it will be the isolation of the child.

17:40 – Mayotte and Reunion closely watched against the Omicron variant

While eight potential cases of Covid-19 carrying the Omicron variant are said to be in France, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday “is monitoring with particular attention the overseas territories of Reunion Island and Mayotte which are directly or indirectly linked with these country”. Thus, restrictions between these territories and France have been introduced: “since November 28, any person coming from Mayotte or Reunion and destined for the rest of the national territory must be provided with a test result or ‘negative screening examination carried out less than 48 hours before boarding “.

4:45 PM – The Omicron variant is “highly transmissible”

After an emergency meeting, the G7 health ministers – including Olivier Véran agreed to alert the health authorities and the media: the Omicron variant is described as “highly transmissible”. The G7 therefore considers that “urgent action” should be taken to deal with the situation. “G7 health consensus to strengthen the exchange of information on the new Omicron variant. With its international partners, it reaffirms that transparency and solidarity between countries must prevail,” added Olivier Véran in a short press release.

16:05 – Soon a new BioNTech vaccine specific to the Omicron variant?

The BioNTech laboratory announced on November 29 that it had launched research around a new vaccine specific to the Omicron variant. The German biotech company said it was standard procedure when a new variant was discovered. “The first stages of the development of a potential new vaccine take place in parallel with the research necessary to assess whether a new injection will be necessary”, she explained in particular.

15:58 – Where is vaccination in France?

How many French people are vaccinated? How many have already received their reminder, on D + 2 of its enlargement to all adults? According to VaccinTracker and the Ministry of Health and Solidarity, on November 25, 51,843,873 people had received at least one dose of one of the anti-Covid vaccines, among which 50,754,849 were fully vaccinated. 6,583,961 people have already received a recall.

15:19 – WHO warns of potential “future peaks” of Covid-19 due to the Omicron variant

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned, on November 29, about potential “future peaks of Covid-19, which could have severe consequences depending on various factors and in particular where these peaks would occur” . At issue: “the mutations [du variant,] that could confer escape potential to the immune response as well as possibly give an advantage in terms of transmissibility, the likelihood of Omicron spreading globally is high. “

14:39 – A new Moderna vaccine against the Omicron variant by 2022?

Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, and Paul Burton, chief medical officer of the American biotechnology company, said on November 29 on the CNBC that data on the efficacy of the vaccine against the Omicron variant could be available within two to six weeks. In addition, they believe they can deploy a reformulated vaccine against this variant by early next year, if it turns out that such modifications are necessary.

14:09 – 5th wave: a peak of 1,250 hospitalizations per day in January?

In a report published on November 29, the Institut Pasteur estimates the impact on the circulation of Covid-19 in France of the decrease in immunity and the vaccine booster strategies put in place. According to the foundation, the peak of the 5th wave would observe 1,250 hospitalizations per day next January, thanks to the vaccination campaign and recall for all 18 years and over. Without a third dose, this peak rises to 2,250 hospitalizations per day.

The reference scenario used by the institute to carry out these models is as follows: 400,000 booster doses would be distributed each day, 80% of over 50s and 50% of 18-49 year olds would accept the booster, the effectiveness of vaccines is estimated at 50% against infection and at 85% against hospitalization after six months. This scenario may change, however, depending on the timing of vaccination, the rate of transmission and the future impact of the Omicron variant.

12:51 – Incidence rate has exceeded the peak of wave 4

According to the latest epidemic data from Public Health France (SPF), published on D + 3, the national incidence rate was 271 confirmed positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the period from 19 to 25 November. As a reminder: the peak of the fourth wave of the epidemic in France was 248 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and was observed on August 15, 2021. The fifth wave therefore promises to be more violent than the previous one.

According to the latest data from Public Health France, communicated Monday, November 29, the seven-day average rose to 29,727, against 29,297 yesterday. In the past 24 hours, 103 people have died from Covid-19 in hospital, 80 more than yesterday and 9 more than last Monday. In hospitals, the situation continues to worsen. In 24 hours, 1,043 new patients were admitted, 819 more than yesterday, and 178 more than last Monday. Here is the detailed report:

According to latest epidemiological update from Public Health France (SPF), published Thursday, November 25, “the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 has greatly accelerated throughout the metropolitan area and the increase in new hospitalizations and critical care admissions s ‘is accentuated “. On average, 18,520 cases were diagnosed each day and the incidence rate exceeded 150 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants in all regions, except Brittany (141) and Normandy (120).

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Since mid-October 2020, Public Health France has been communicating incidence data (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) at the municipal level. The figures are at this stage communicated according to a scale (10, 20, 50, 150, 250, 500, 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). The data are expressed on a rolling week, which means that they are calculated on a day D from the tests carried out between 3 and 9 days previously. To access information relating to the coronavirus in your town, enter its name into the search engine or click on its department in the map below.

As a reminder, the incidence rate corresponds to the number of new cases of Covid-19 over a period of one week, compared to the total population of a territory (country, region, department or municipality). This indicator is generally expressed in number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The screening rate gives the number of people who have tested for the coronavirus out of the total number of inhabitants, during the period. It is also expressed most often on 100,000 inhabitants. Finally, the test positivity rate gives the percentage of positive tests for the coronavirus, compared to the total number of tests carried out over the period.