New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
- Pubs and stadiums reopen in UK -
The United Kingdom, which has vaccinated 40% of its adult population, opened indoor pubs and restaurants, hotels, museums, theaters and stadiums on Monday.
Banned all winter, reunions in homes are again authorized (limited to six people or two homes maximum) as well as holidays abroad.
Many destinations remain subject to a return quarantine.
Recent outbreaks of the Indian variant, especially in London and in the north-west of England, nevertheless darken the picture.
- India threatened by a cyclone -
A cyclone threatens western India and could hamper efforts against the second epidemic wave which kills more than 4,000 people every day.
Bombay (west) is already flooded: its airport was closed for several hours and residents asked to stay safe.
Several hundred Covid patients have been displaced by the authorities who fear power cuts in saturated hospitals.
- New restrictions in Asia -
Faced with an increase in cases, the Singapore authorities are imposing new restrictions including the closure of schools.
In Taiwan, relatively untouched by the pandemic so far, schools will be closed in Taipei from Tuesday.
"We are worried that the push in India is only a precursor of what will happen elsewhere," Unicef warned on Monday.
"Cases are exploding and health systems are put to the test in countries close by like Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives or far away like Argentina and Brazil."
- Vaccine: positive clinical results at Sanofi -
The French laboratory has published positive results from a human clinical trial on its main Covid-19 vaccine project.
Results show seroconversion - that is, antibody production - 95% to 100% of cases after administration of a second dose in all age groups 18 to 95 years.
A phase 3 study, the last before the authorization of this vaccine developed with the British GSK, should start at the end of May / beginning of June.
Sanofi will start production in parallel.
- Disneyland Paris reopens on June 17 -
Disneyland Paris, the first private tourist destination in Europe, will reopen its doors on June 17.
After ceasing its activities between March 13 and July 15, 2020, Disneyland Paris was closed since October 30.
It had already postponed its reopening several times, initially scheduled for February 13, then April 2.
- Ryanair lost one billion euros in 2020 -
The Irish company Ryanair recorded a loss of around one billion euros in its postponed fiscal year 2020, in particular due to the collapse in air traffic.
The group, which has cut 15% of its workforce (about 3,000 jobs), however, displays some optimism about the resumption of air traffic by the summer thanks to vaccination.
- Almost 3.4 million dead -
The pandemic has killed at least 3,381,042 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 10:00 GMT.
After the United States (585,970 deaths), the countries most affected are Brazil (435,751 deaths), India (274,390 deaths), Mexico (220,433 deaths), and the United Kingdom (127,679 deaths).
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