The French government decided to put 7 administrative regions, including major cities, on high alert due to the acceleration of infections with the Coronavirus.
Of the 101 French administrative regions, 28 are now considered "red zones," which are areas in which the authorities will resort to imposing exceptional measures in order to slow the number of new infections with the Corona virus.
This comes at a time when France recorded about 25 thousand new cases of the virus within 3 days, as the country counted about 9 thousand infections on Friday, which is a record since the beginning of the pandemic, about 8,550 cases on Saturday, and more than 7 thousand cases on Sunday.
Consequently, the increase in the number of injuries that has been observed since the beginning of the summer is on the rise, at a time when the French return to work, and students go to their schools.
There are also other indicators of concern in France, after the detection of 58 new epicenters of the epidemic during the past twenty-four hours.
The positive rate of Corona tests continues to rise, reaching 4.9% on Sunday, compared to 4.3 in the middle of last week and 3.9% at the end of August.
In total, 30,701 corona-related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic in France.
Today, Monday, the Greek government announced that Ankara's "provocative" actions in the Mediterranean affect not only Greece and Cyprus, but also the European Union and NATO.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that the Turkish actions threaten "peace and stability in the Mediterranean," adding that his country's prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General documenting Ankara's "illegal activities."
And the spokesman added, "Athena is acting with rationality and vigilance and is confident in itself and gives priority to diplomatic methods, and does not yield to blackmail and intimidation," adding that "Ankara has gone beyond all limits in its illegal and provocative steps."
The government spokesman indicated that the Greek position is clear and lies in "the necessity for Turkey to stop its provocations", in order to start contacts between the two countries on the basis of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which opens the way for the two countries to reach a solution to the issue. The only relationship "between the two countries, which is the issue of dividing the maritime areas between them, or referring this issue to the International Court in The Hague in the event that there is no solution between Ankara and Athens."
Customs data revealed on Monday that Chinese exports witnessed a rise last August, increasing continuously for the third consecutive month, registering a growth of 9.5 percent compared to last year.
Experts explained this development by the gradual reopening of global economies, especially China's partners, after months of closure due to the Corona pandemic.
Consequently, the increase in external demand increased the volume of international orders for Chinese factory products during the past month. There is no doubt that the medical products associated with the Corona pandemic and electronic products, according to the data, have contributed to stimulating exports.
On the other hand, the level of China's export growth in August is considered the highest since March of 2019, while it was not expected to exceed 7.1 percent, and the trade balance surplus was not expected to exceed 50 billion dollars, while it actually reached 59 billion dollars.
As for imports, they decreased by 2.1 percent in August, exceeding expectations that had initially been set at: 0.1 percent, compared to 1.4 percent in July. Experts believe that it is linked to the US sanctions on China and the survival of the domestic demand for this country at weak levels.
The recovery of Chinese exports during the last three months is a positive sign, but it remains vulnerable to shocks in light of the ambiguity of global economic prospects as long as the Corona epidemic is not eliminated.
In an almost impossible mission, the US Navy searched throughout Sunday night and until Monday morning, for a sailor missing from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier during its patrol in the northern Arabian Sea, amid tensions with Iran.
The US Fifth Fleet said in a statement on "Twitter": "The carrier announced the loss of the man at 6:47 local time on the evening of the sixth of September, after the individuals on board the ship could not find him after searching all parts of it."
“Is there a man in the sea?” The sailors asked, after they were unable to find their colleague who was on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, said spokeswoman for the US Fifth Fleet, Rebecca Rebarich.
This was after an extensive search by the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, the oldest US carrier in service carrying about 5,000 sailors.
Riberic said the USS Nimitz, the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton and other members of the Fifth Fleet continued their search Monday, while she refused to identify the missing sailor, citing naval policy.
The USS Nimitz has been in the Arabian Sea since late July, replacing the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The arrival of USS Nimitz to the Middle East was accompanied by Iran's conduct of a live-ammunition exercise aimed at a simulated model of a life-size aircraft carrier.
The maneuvers highlighted the continuing threat that Iran poses to the region, after a series of escalating incidents last year.
Researchers have developed a new test that allows monitoring of genetically modified "Canadian kulza" seeds, which are not allowed in the European Union, which has so far been unable to highlight its genetic mutation, in progress that helps implement European rules, according to a recent study.
The canola, which is cultivated especially in Canada and was developed by the American company "Cubes", is a type of genetically modified "new generation" kulza (rapeseed oilseed), which was treated with a gene-modification technique to resist herbicides.
This plant is one of the genetically modified varieties according to the classification of the Court of Justice in the European Union, but it is difficult to monitor the genetic mutation it carries in laboratories, and then distinguish it from the cultivars that are not subject to modifications.
Opponents of genetically modified varieties believe that gene editing, a technique that allows a plant mutation without adding foreign genetic material, leads to manipulation that is "somewhat uncontrollable and whose effects are unknown," according to researcher Yves Bertou of the French National Research Institute. Agriculture, Food and the Environment.
Scientists fear that the widespread use of these products poses a health or environmental risk.
The countries of the European Union did not have any tool that would allow them to monitor its presence in exports.
However, a group under the supervision of the Institute of Health Research in Iowa, USA, devised a new technique, the details of which were published in the scientific journal "Foods", that allow monitoring this genetically modified variety.
This tool is an examination of molecules based on the technique of polymerase chain reaction, similar to the tests used in laboratories to study traditional genetically modified varieties, according to this study, which was funded by several NGOs and consumer distribution and protection societies.
The bodies that contributed to the funding of this research believed that the discovery "allows to refute the claims of the industrialists who consider that it is impossible to monitor these genetically modified varieties and then apply the law."
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The president of the French "Sanofi" company, Olivier Poggio, said that the price of the potential vaccine that his company is developing to fight the Corona virus is likely to be less than 10 euros per dose.
Poggio added to "France Inter" radio: "The price has not been fully determined ... We are assessing production costs for the coming months ... it will be less than 10 euros (equivalent to 11.80 US dollars)."
He stated that millions of people, if not billions, need the vaccine.
Last June, French President Emmanuel Macron visited one of the factories of the French pharmaceutical company, where "Sanofi" stated at the time that it would invest 610 million euros in research related to the development and production of vaccines in the country.
Last July, the French "Sanofi" company and its British rival, "Glaxo Smithkline", announced that they had agreed on a deal worth one billion euros with the US government to develop a possible vaccine against the Corona virus.