THE ESSENTIAL

  • France has recorded 28 additional Covid-19 deaths in hospitals in the past 24 hours, while the number of intensive care patients continues to decline, with 772 patients.
  • In Beijing, the resumption of the epidemic worries the authorities, which on Wednesday cancelled more than a thousand flights and closed the schools, at the time when more than a hundred cases were detected around one of the biggest markets of Asia.
  • The pandemic has killed at least 445,213 people worldwide since China officially reported the onset of the disease in December.