Covid. Contaminations return to a very high level

Covid. Contaminations return to a very high level

By Fabrice Alves-Teixeira

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“The message is the responsibility, the responsibility of the French: we have had the Covid for two years, I think people have understood the message, they know that when they are in closed places, in means of transport, it is safer to put on the mask. It’s safe for yourself, it’s especially safe for others.”. For his very first speech on Monday July 5, the new Minister of Health, François Braun, called for the “responsibility”, but has yet to raise the specter of further health measures as Covid numbers soar. In particular, he dodged the question of a possible new obligation to wear a mask in public transport.

The Scientific Council which published an opinion on Monday July 4, alert on several “Vigilant point”. In particular, hospitalizations returned to a level “high for the season” this in a context “weakened hospital”. The scientific council is thus in favor of the return of the health pass to the country’s borders.

A boom in contamination

The Covid indicators indeed show a now exponential increase in the latest Omicron strain, the BA. 5. The incidence rate in France is thus 1,153 on July 3 (over 7 days and per 100,000 inhabitants, latest figures available). On Monday, 200,000 contaminations were recorded in 24 hours. The new Minister of Health, however, weighed, evoking a wave, “well below the January peak” and without comparison with past waves”on an even greater scale”.

In the Oise, the incidence rate is slightly lower than the national figure, with 1,071. The previous week, however, it was almost twice as low: only 636. In early June, it was below 200.

The translation in the hospitals is however not yet flagrant. While it takes on average a fortnight before observing an increase in hospitalizations after an increase in contamination, hospital tension is currently 11%. We are already seeing a strong upsurge in hospital admissions with Covid + diagnosis: 200 patients on July 4 in the Oise against 162 on June 27, a week before. However, critical care services record few admissions with “only” four patients currently in the department.
Finally, the test positivity rate is relatively high with one in three positive screening tests (29%).
Finally, the most infected age groups are 30 to 49 years old.

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