Day 58 of the second confinement period
▫️Vaccination starts today in France and in theory the rest of the European Union.
▫️The government’s goal is “27 million vaccinated before the summer”, while only 40% of French people now say they “certainly or probably” want to use it.
▫️Recorded deaths by month in France (all causes)
The provisional data for October is now available from INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques)
▫️Below is a list of countries which have so far reported cases of the new strains of coronavirus (Status December 26, 10pm)
On December 21 Australian health officials said two people travelling from the UK arrived in the country with the new strain.
The World Health Organization reported that nine cases of a new variant were detected in Denmark.
Health officials in the Canadian province of Ontario on December 26 reported the country’s first two cases of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in the UK.
The cases are a couple in Durham, a region east of Toronto, with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts, the province said. They are in self-isolation.
On December 25 France detected its first case of a new variant in a French national who returned from the British capital on December 19. He had no symptoms and was quarantined in his home in the central city of Tours.
On December 23, Italy registered the second case of a new strain of the novel coronavirus near the central town of Ancona, but the patient had no direct contact with the UK, where the variant first emerged.Laboratory director Stefano Menzo told Italian news agency ANSA that it was not the strain first detected in the UK.The country had already detected that new COVID-19 strain on December 20 in a person who recently arrived from the UK. The patient landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport and is now in quarantine.Play Video
On December 25 Japan reported its first five cases of the fast-spreading variant in passengers arriving from the UK.
In Lebanon, the country’s caretaker health minister said on December 25 that a case of the new variant was detected on a flight arriving from London. The Middle East Airlines flight 202 arrived on December 21, Hamad Hassan said, urging all passengers on the flight and their families to take precautionary measures.
On December 22, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said the new variant identified in the UK was found in two cases in the Amsterdam area.
On December 24, the head of Africa’s disease control body said a new variant of the new coronavirus emerged in Nigeria. The variant was found in two patient samples collected on August 3 and on October 9 in Nigeria’s Osun state, according to a working research paper seen by The Associated Press news agency.Play Video
Singapore confirmed on December 24 its first case of the new coronavirus variant found in the UK. Among the 31 COVID-19 patients who arrived between November 17 and December 17, one was confirmed as carrying the B117 strain, while 11 others were found infected preliminarily, and their confirmatory results are pending, Singapore’s health ministry said.
Spain reported its first four cases of the new variant on December 26. All four infections were related to travel to the UK, the regional deputy health chief, Antonio Zapatero, said. There are three other suspected cases of the coronavirus variant but the results of tests will only be available on Tuesday or Wednesday, Zapatero said.
South Africa last week reported a new COVID-19 strain which appears to have mutated further than the UK variant. It has made its way to several countries including the UK. Known as 501.V2, this variant is dominant among new confirmed infections in South Africa, and appears to be more infectious than the original virus, according to health officials and scientists leading the country’s virus strategy.Play Video
The new variant of the coronavirus circulating in the UK was detected in Sweden after a traveller from the UK fell ill on arrival and tested positive for it, the Swedish Health Agency said on December 26. Health Agency official Sara Byfors told a news conference the traveller, who was not identified, had kept isolated after arrival in Sweden and that no further positive cases had so far been detected.
On December 14, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more than 1,000 cases of a new variant of the coronavirus have been found, predominantly in the south of England. On December 23, Hancock said the country found 2 cases of yet another new coronavirus variant linked to South Africa. “Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks,” Hancock told a media briefing.
Original Targets for December 15th
The number of new daily cases is simply not going down
The number of new cases is low yesterday due to the fact that most labs were closed over Christmas.
It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on the increase.
Sixty % over the past 2 weeks
Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters
Latest info on PCR Tests
Still no updated data available today on the official sites
Meteo – It is getting colder
🔹 Covid-19 – Aude: hospitalization figures rise by nearly 20% in two days!
🔹Top 10 countries according to new daily cases
Not impressed with the deterorating situation in Germany and the UK where we have many friends and family.
2 days ago
Improve your French
🔹 Overseas titbits
🇺🇸 There is so much insanity going on right now over the pond🇺🇸
Trump, citing a “young military man working in Afghanistan,” said elections in the middle eastern country are “far more secure and much better than the USA’s 2020 Election.” “Fake President!” Trump whined, referring to Biden, who beat him by millions of votes.
A young military man working in Afghanistan told me that elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA’s 2020 Election. Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country. Fake President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2020
In short, Trump is attacking the country he signed up to lead, all because the voters fired him after a single, failed term in the White House.
As Aaron Rupar of Vox pointed out, “It is not normal for the President of the United States to fabricate anecdotes while comparing the country he leads unfavourably with third world nations.”
Trump’s post-Christmas tantrum targeted SCOTUS, DOJ, FBI and GOP lawmakers
It wouldn’t be a Trump Twitter tantrum if he didn’t unleash a fire hose of insults on anyone and everyone in his proximity.
Throughout the morning on Saturday, the outgoing president targeted the conservative Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the FBI, the media, and Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Mitch McConnell.
So far this morning Trump has posted tweets attacking:
2. The FBI
4. The New York Times
5. Mitch McConnell
6. Republican senators
He has not had a nice thing to say about anyone.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 26, 2020
With millions of Americans jobless, struggling to pay rent and keep food on the table, Donald Trump is cooped up at Mar-a-Lago insulting the country he’s supposed to be leading.
🔹Walks / Hikes
Did not set a foot outside yesterday.