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Covid-19. Rebound in contamination, first burst in the hospital … France in the midst of the 7th wave

He still plays spoilsport, while the school holidays begin in ten days. France is in the middle of the 7th wave of Covid-19, carried by the BA.5 variant.

Tuesday, June 28, more than 147,000 new cases were recorded. This is 54.6% more than last week, according to data from Public Health France. A week ago, June 21, there were 95,217 cases and two weeks earlier, June 15, 51,954.

The number of tests has also increased over the past two weeks. 363,944 patients went to be tested on Monday June 20, a figure that had not been reached since the end of April.

A first burst in hospitals

The increase in contamination is also beginning to be felt in hospitals. 15,496 people were hospitalized on Tuesday with Covid-19. Hospitalizations have increased by 24% in the past seven days.

The number of people hospitalized in intensive care has also started to rise again since this weekend, while it had been in constant decline since the start of 2022. On June 28, 898 patients were in critical care because of the Covid-19, a similar figure at the beginning of June (895 on June 8).

Hospital data are still several days out of date with contamination. The rebound in contamination on Tuesday will therefore only be observable in a few days, or even a few weeks. Deaths are currently stable. On Tuesday, 41 people died of Covid-19, a figure similar to previous days.

In all, 149,443 people have lost their lives since the start of the epidemic.

Towards a return of health restrictions?

This rebound in contamination and hospitalizations could well lead to new health restrictions. The Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, advised the French on Monday to put the mask back on transport. Then it was the turn of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, on Tuesday. She asked the prefects and health authorities to encourage the wearing of a mask in “all places of promiscuity” and “enclosed spaces”, in particular public transport. This Wednesday, it is the boss of the SNCF, Jean-Pierre Farandou who called on travelers to wear the mask in stations and trains.

If the number of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 were to increase, it is very likely that the executive would decide to impose health restrictions again, while the hospital is faced with a cruel shortage of personnel. In the meantime, the government is trying to educate older people to take their fourth dose.

For the moment, only 23.1% of over 80s have full vaccination coverage with two booster doses, 19.4% of 75-79 year olds, 13.5% of 70-74 year olds, 9.6 % of 65-69 year olds and only 7.1% of 60-64 year olds, according to data from Public Health France.

Last week, Brigitte Bourguignon called for “intensifying” vaccination, “the most useful weapon”. At the moment, the second booster is open to people over 60 and immunocompromised.

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