[En continu] In Geneva, the health situation remains critical

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In Greece, the people non vaccinated over 60 years will see each other inflict from January 16 a “fine from 100 euros per month ”.

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In France, the staff of education national massively mobilized against multiples protocols sanitary facilities set up in schools.

our follow-up to Thursday.

■ Geneva takes stock of the pandemic

The health situation remains critical, with between 2,500 and 3,000 cases daily. Hospitalizations at HUG stabilize at a very high level: 427 patients at HUG and 16 in clinics. For the cantonal doctor Aglaé Tardin, caution remains in order, especially in schools where an increase in cases is expected.

■ Transit ban for passengers from more than 150 countries

Air passengers from 153 countries will no longer be able to transit through Hong Kong, the city’s airport announced on Friday. The goal is to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This suspension, which concerns all countries classified as “high risk” health by the Hong Kong authorities, will take effect Sunday for a period of one month. It aims to “control the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19,” the airport said on its website. Switzerland is one of the countries concerned.

■ Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa once again

The Australian government relaunched the Djokovic saga on Friday by canceling his visa once again, which could lead, barring a twist, to the expulsion before the start of the Australian Open on Monday of the Serbian who wanted to enter the country without being vaccinated against Covid-19.

The 34-year-old Serb continued to train on Friday in Melbourne in hopes of securing a 10th Australian Open title and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record.

■ Justice suspends a decree on the compulsory mask in Paris

The Paris administrative court on Thursday suspended a prefectural decree making it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in the French capital since December 31. This decision comes the day after that of the administrative court of Versailles, which had suspended a similar decree concerning the department of Yvelines, to the south-west of the capital, a first on the national territory.

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This court considered that the measure was “an excessive, disproportionate and inappropriate […] to individual freedom ”. The decision concerning this order of the prefecture of police of the capital, put in place to deal with the emergence of the Omicron variant, will be published on Friday, added the administrative court of Paris.

■ WHO recommends two new drugs against the virus

Baricitinib, an inhibitor usually applied against arthritis, must be accompanied by corticosteroids, said the expert group of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of the guidelines. It should be used for severe cases and monoclonal antibodies are validated for less affected patients. According to “moderately certain” indications, it reduces the danger of death and the need for ventilation, with no observed side effects.

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The second recommended drug, sotrovimab should only be given to people with milder cases but at high risk of hospitalization. The benefits for other less affected patients are insignificant.

■ Australia has yet to vote on the Djokovic case

The Australian government, under pressure over the Novak Djokovic saga, said on Friday it will stand firm on the rule of barring entry to the unvaccinated into the country, but its decision to deport number one or not. world tennis tournament is long overdue.

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The 34-year-old Serb continued to train in Melbourne on Friday in hopes of securing a 10th Australian Open title, which starts on Monday, and a 21st Grand Slam victory, which would be a record. But Australian Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has found himself under fire for delaying his decision on whether or not to expel the unvaccinated champion.

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