China's birth rate at record low in 2021: official
China's birth rate plummeted to a record low last year, official data showed Monday, as analysts warn that faster-than-expected ageing could deepen economic growth concerns. Beijing has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis as it faces a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and the country's weakest population growth in decades. The birth rate of the world's second-biggest economy slipped to 7.52 births per 1,000 people, according to National Bureau of Statistics data, down from 8.52 in 2020.The figures are the lowest since records began in 1949, when Communist China was founded, according to NBS data.
New measures, new balance sheets and highlights: one point on the latest developments in the Pandemic of Covid-19 in the world. © Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins
The situation in France
The number of hospitalizations due to COVID is ironed above 30,000 for the first time since the end of 2020, but that of patients in critical care refluxed slightly, According to official figures published on Tuesday. The laboratories recorded 501.635 cases of contamination in 24 hours, a record level, but to smooth the statistical jerks, it is necessary to consider the daily average over seven days, which is stable compared to the day before with 366.000 cases.
China: The Omicron variant would have arrived in Beijing "Via" a letter from North America
© Andy Wong / AP of the Beijing will be tested as the Omicron variant was detected for the first time in Beijing. Omicron can be transmitted by post? This is in any case what the Chinese health authorities suggest, on January 17 in Beijing, where a case of infection with the new variant has been reported this weekend. The patient did not leave the city in recent weeks, but she received ... a letter from North America.
The always high level of contamination is reflected in an influx of COVID patients in hospitals, which recorded 3,842 new admissions in 24 hours. A total of 30,189 COVID patients are currently hospitalized (29,748 Monday), a level that approaches the peak recorded in November 2020. On the other hand, the figures for critical care, which welcome patients with the most serious forms of the disease, confirm a settlement. These services are currently dealing with 3,741 people (3,776 Monday).
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pandemic if it is much more contagious than its predecessors, the Omicron variant also gives less severe forms, which translates in particular by shorter passages at the hospital and less frequent admissions in resuscitation. The hospitals recorded 364 deaths due to COVID-19 in 24 hours, bringing the total balance of deaths in France to 129,489 since the beginning of the epidemic. While the vaccinal pass entered into force Monday, 53,857,474 people received at least one injection (79.9% of the total population) and 52,534,085 people have a complete vaccination scheme (77.9% of the total population). In addition, 34,301,653 people received a booster dose.
COVID-19: What is known from Paxlovid, the treatment of Pfizer that will be available in France late January
The treatment of the American laboratory must be taken twice a day for five days, from the diagnosis and in the five days after the appearance of symptoms. © Provided by FranceInfo A new weapon against the pandemic. Paxlovid antiviral treatment, created by the American laboratory Pfizer , must soon arrive in France. These tablets can drastically reduce the risk of hospitalization and deaths for people with Covid-19 . Here is what we know about this new promising treatment.
The economy in slow motion
Brake shot in China and the United States, net slowdown in global growth. Omicron, inflation and interest rates are all clouds that darken the economic horizon at the beginning of 2022, warned the International Monetary Fund.
Omicron "has resulted in new mobility restrictions in many countries and an increase in labor shortages," said at a Gita Gopinath press conference, new number 2 of the institution.
The balance sheet in the world
The Pandemic of Covid-19 has made at least 5,602,767 dead in the world since the end of December 2019, according to a balance sheet established by the AFP from official sources Tuesday at 11:00 GMT.
in absolute terms, the countries that recorded the most dead are the United States with 871,920, Brazil (623,843), India (490,462) and Russia (327,448).
The World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the overmortality directly and indirectly linked to CIVID-19, that the pandemic assessment could be two to three times higher than that officially identified.
Eruption of the Volcano to the Tonga Islands: the fear of COVID complicates the routing of help .
© AFP - Sgt Ben Dempster The humanitarian aid routed by the French military aircraft will remain three days outdoors to avoid any contamination. Here, a humanitarian military aircraft from Australia at Fua'amotu International Airport in Tonga, January 22, 2022. For a week, international aid arrives on the Tonga struck by a powerful volcanic eruption and a tsunami.