Pressure in hospitals continues to increase, with 28,581 patients across the country (2,035 admissions in the last 24 hours), of whom 5,109 are hospitalized in critical care units (ICU) in serious condition (480 new patients in one day).
With these data in the ICUs, the third wave surpassed the peak of the second, in the fall of 2020, when the country was confined for the second time.
On Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron announced the closure of schools for three to four weeks, anticipating spring break on the one hand and, on the other, with distance classes from high school to high school.
In addition, the French will be able to travel more than 10 kilometers from their homes without justification and non-essential stores will be closed across the country.
The government’s expectation is that the acceleration of the vaccination campaign will allow an improvement in the situation as of mid-May, since the country has been under restrictions since October, with bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and gyms, among other public places , closed since then.
So far, 8.5 French people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2.8 million have already received both doses.
Turkey recorded more than 40,000 cases of covid-19 in 24 hours, on its highest daily balance since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official figures published this afternoon.
According to the Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, 40,806 new cases of the new coronavirus and 176 deaths related to the covid-19 disease were diagnosed.
The latest figures bring the number of people who tested positive in Turkey to 3,357,988 since the start of the pandemic, with a total of 31,713 deaths, according to the official balance sheet.
The daily number of cases has been steadily increasing since Turkey eased a set of restrictions in place in early March to contain the spread of the pandemic, specifically authorizing the reopening of restaurants and reducing the curfew imposed on weekends. .
In view of the spread of new cases, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday the restoration of restrictions in the most affected cities, which include the country’s two major metropolises, Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
Turkey, 83 million people, started a national vaccination campaign with the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac in January. So far, 9.3 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 6.9 million the two required doses.
In the coming days, the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine is expected to start to be used, after Turkey has received 2.8 million doses from this company.
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