Sunday, January 16

Live. Covid-19: the number of daily cases still very high, hospitals under pressure

5:49 am: The vaccine pass arrives at the Senate this Monday

After the hectic adoption by the deputies of the vaccination pass, the Senate, with a right-wing majority, examines the bill as of Monday in committee, then Tuesday in the hemicycle. Due to the delay at the Palais-Bourbon, the government is counting on the entry into force of the law transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass “at the latest in the first days of the week of January 17”, and no longer from the 15th. , said his spokesperson Gabriel Attal on Sunday.

5:47 am: Pressure still strong in the hospital

At the hospital, the number of Covid patients continues to increase, with 21,982 patients (against 21,721 the day before), including 842 new patients. Seven days ago, hospitals in France had 16,365 patients, including 506 admissions. 3,847 of these patients are in critical care units, reserved for the most serious cases, up from 3,299 a week ago.

Since the start of the epidemic, in March 2020, 125,438 people have been killed by the Covid in France.

5:46 am: The number of contaminations remains at a very high level

For the day Sunday, 296,097 new cases were registered. It is 2.5% less than the day before (303 669), but these daily shifts are not very significant because they can be due to statistical catch-ups.

To slip these deviations, we calculate the number of daily new cases observed on average over the last seven days. This indicator, which reached 313,252 new daily cases on Sunday, has experienced a meteoric increase for two weeks, due to the variant Omicron, extremely contagious: it passed the 100,000 mark on December 29, then 200,000 on January 6.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also announced on Sunday “a plan to strengthen our testing policy”, including the deployment of “several hundred” screening centers near vaccination centers. More details in our article.

5:45 am: Hello everyone and welcome to this live stream dedicated to the news of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.

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