Live - Covid-19: 1 in 4 French people plan to get tested to celebrate Christmas

Live – Covid-19: 1 in 4 French people plan to get tested to celebrate Christmas

For Christmas, French people expect barrier gestures to be respected less than last year, according to a survey

Despite Omicron, the French are preparing for more “normal” holidays than last year. They are 9 out of 10 who plan to have dinner or lunch with their family on Christmas Day, According to an Odoxa / Backbone consultant survey to le Figaro – That’s 8 points more than last year.

Compliance with some recommendations of the authorities in the event of a free fall: only 48% of the French expect to be reunited with fewer people than usual birthdays (-22 points), 42% respect a social distance of at least 1 meter (- 21 points) and 27% wear A mask (-10 points). Nearly one in four French (24%), however, planned to be tested.

Masks become mandatory again outdoors in Spain and Greece

Against Omicron, some European countries are tightening the screw. In Spain, wearing a mask outdoors becomes mandatory again from Friday. And the Catalan authorities (Northeast) managed since Thursday evening to impose a curfew from 1 am to 6 am in most of the region.

In Greece, mask-wearing indoors and outdoors is also mandatory from this Friday until January 2. “There is a lot of movement during the festive season and large crowds are gathering outside,” Health Minister Thanos Plifris said.

In Italy, a surgical mask will also become mandatory abroad, the government announced Thursday, without specifying a date.

Preliminary studies indicate a lower risk of hospitalization with Omicron

In the face of the surge in the Omicron variant, there is little hope: The first studies from South Africa, Scotland and England show that this new variant appears to cause fewer hospitalizations than Delta, the majority to date.

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According to the NHS, patients with the new variant have up to a 70% lower risk of hospitalization.

Pollution record in France

Hello everyone and welcome to this new live broadcast dedicated to the evolution of the health situation. Covid-19 infections escalate around the world just before Christmas: More than 90,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours in France on Thursday, an absolute record in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Pour l’instant, les autorit√©s misent davantage sur la vaccination que sur de nouvelles measures restrictives: End of year.

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