5:50 am: A lull in the epidemic around mid-March?
On Franceinfo on Tuesday, the president of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy estimated that the current phase of the epidemic, marked by the Omicron variant, should “land” around mid-March. “We can imagine that we will spend the spring in not too bad conditions,” he said.
5:48 am: Nine million French people risk losing their vaccination pass on February 15
Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Tuesday that nine million French people could lose their vaccination pass on February 15 if they have not taken their booster dose by then. He also clarified that the pass would be maintained “as long as a threat weighs on hospitals”.
Alain Fischer: “Vaccinating children is not a success”
Only 3.8% of 5-11 year olds have received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that the agreement of a single parent is once again sufficient to vaccinate their child.
While contaminations explode in primary schools, Alain Fischer, the president of the Council of Orientation of the Vaccine Strategy calls to amplify the vaccine campaign. With a message for parents: “child vaccination is relevant and safe”. More details in our article.
5:47 am: Hospitalizations are back above the 30,000 threshold
The still high level of the number of contamination is reflected in an influx of Covid patients in hospitals, which recorded 3,842 new admissions on Tuesday. A total of 30,189 Covid patients were hospitalized on Tuesday (29,748 on Monday), a level that is approaching the peak recorded in November 2020.
On the other hand, the figures for critical care, which receive patients with the most serious forms of the disease, confirm a decline. These services treated 3,741 people on Tuesday (3,776 on Monday).
Hospitals recorded 364 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll in France to 129,489 since the start of the epidemic.
5:46 a.m .: More than 500,000 positive cases on Tuesday, absolute record
The laboratories recorded 501,635 contaminations in 24 hours on Tuesday, a record level, but to smooth out the statistical jolts, we must consider the daily average over seven days, which is stable compared to the previous day with 366,000 cases.
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