As the spread of the new variants in Europe has resulted in further restrictions, delivery of vaccines to the EU is expected to speed up after delays.

In France, new restrictions came into effect on Monday, and ski lifts will remain closed in February.

The end of the winter break has been postponed for 3 months.


As Europe mobilizes on the issue of vaccines and late deliveries, new restrictive measures aimed at curbing the coronavirus epidemic entered into force Monday in France.

In ski resorts, the ski lifts will remain closed in February, with no reopening date for the moment, and the end of the winter break postponed to help households in difficulty.

With 455 new deaths, 76,512 people have died in France since the start of the epidemic.

Italy, for its part, relaxed its restrictions.

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The main information to remember: 

  • The ski lifts will remain closed in February 

  • 76,512 dead in France since the start of the epidemic

  • EU mobilized on vaccines, Pfizer / BioNTech to increase deliveries

  • Italy relaxes rules and reopens bars and restaurants

Since the start of the epidemic, 76,512 people have died from Covid-19 in France, according to the latest report published on Monday by the health authorities, with 455 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

27,914 patients are currently hospitalized for Covid-19, or 301 more than the day before.

With 70 more patients compared to Sunday, 3,228 people are currently in intensive care.

The ski lifts will remain closed in February 

The ski lifts of the ski resorts will remain closed in February, without a reopening date having been set, announced Monday Matignon after a meeting between Prime Minister Jean Castex and the actors of the mountain.

"The evolution of the health situation does not allow us at this stage to reopen the ski lifts", explained the entourage of Jean Castex, noting that there was "no tendency to general reopening" in other European countries.

The end of the winter break postponed by 3 months

The winter break from rental evictions, which should have ended on March 31, will be extended until "June 1" due to the health crisis, Emmanuelle Wargon, the Minister of Housing, announced on Monday.

"I can tell you that the end of the truce is postponed by two months and will end on June 1 instead of April 1," she announced in an interview with Le Parisien.

Already in 2020, because of the pandemic, the truce had been postponed for three months.

Suspended tourism in French Polynesia

Tourist trips to French Polynesia, where it is the first sector of activity, will be suspended from Wednesday due to the pandemic.

Relaxations in Italy and Austria

Italy is relaxing the anti-Covid restrictions in force in most of its regions, notably allowing the reopening of bars and restaurants during the day and museums during the week.

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For its part, the Austrian government announced Monday evening an easing of the containment in place since December 26 to stem the spread of the coronavirus: schools, museums and shops will reopen on February 8

Vaccine shipments to EU to speed up

The German laboratory BioNTech promises to deliver to the European Union up to 75 million additional doses of its vaccine developed with Pfizer in the second quarter.

The German pharmacy giant Bayer for its part announced that it would produce from 2022 the vaccine against the Covid-19 developed by its compatriot CureVac.

At the same time, the European Commission said on Monday to distance itself from the AstraZeneca laboratory as part of its vaccine strategy in the first quarter, after major delays in delivery from the Anglo-Swedish company.

AstraZeneca, whose product "was going to be the mass vaccine for the first quarter" of 2021, could only guarantee 25% of the more than 100 million doses promised, which represents "a real problem" for the Twenty-Seven, said Commission Director General for Health Sandra Gallina.


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First vaccines in South Africa

South Africa received its long-awaited first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday with the goal of vaccinating at least 67% of the population by the end of the year, or around 40 million people.

Argentina wants to produce Russian vaccine

Argentina is seeking a technology transfer from Russia that would allow it to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine on its territory, an Argentine diplomat said on Monday.

More than 2.2 million deaths worldwide

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 2,227,605 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Monday.

More than 102.8 million cases of infection have been diagnosed.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 443,060 deaths, followed by Brazil (225,099), Mexico (158,536), India (154,392) and the United Kingdom (106,158).

The global death toll is globally underestimated.

It is based on the daily reports from the national health authorities.