France 24
France 24 12 Jan 2021

Coronavirus pandemic: Several different strains of Covid-19 recorded


FRANCE 24's Health Editor Julia Sieger tells us why #virus #variants are not always more contagious or more deadly, and are actually more #common than we think.

#Britain is targeting a 24-hour, 7-day a week #Covid-19 #vaccination programme as soon as possible, Prime Minister Boris #Johnson said on Wednesday, as he bids to step up the pace of the rollout with daily coronavirus deaths at record levels. FRANCE 24's Bénédicte Paviot tells us more.
#Beijing will welcome an international team of #Covid-19 #investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (#WHO), which is leading the mission.
2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic, which is far from over. Restrictions and lockdowns have had a huge impact on the younger generation. How have they dealt with it? And how has it changed their lives?
It was a party to ring in the new year - and to let out frustrations about the pandemic. Police in western France are now investigating how thousands of young people were able to join in an illegal rave, as the number of coronavirus cases there have reached new highs. Hundreds of partygoers were ID'd and fined for breaching France's coronavirus restrictions. In the cavernous warehouses near the city of Rennes, the party was finally over.
Hours earlier, the rave had still been in full swing. Around 2,500 mostly young people had gathered on New Year's Eve, defying police efforts to stop the event.
With the police holding back, the party continued for a second night. The organizers defended their decision to stage the event.
France has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Western Europe. To contain the virus, bars and restaurants are closed and an 8pm curfew will be moved forward in many parts of the country.
Fearing a superspreader event, authorities have urged everyone who attended to self-isolate when they get home.
DW also spoke with young people in Berlin about how the pandemic has upended their lives.
If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, may 2021 be the year we won the race to save lives. Every vulnerable person inoculated against the Coronavirus is a small victory en route to the day when herd immunity will get the better of Covid-19. So why are the French so slow out of the starting blocks? As of the weekend, less than 500 jabs had been administered here while Germany was up to 250-thousand and the UK nearly a million. We ask about the French government's rethink of its cautious strategy.

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