Wednesday, May 18

Covid-19. The (high) plateau of contamination is confirmed

Between Saturday and Sunday, 249,448 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in France, according to Public Health France. A level that is stagnating, even if it remains historically high.

This figure is slightly lower than a week earlier (301,614 cases last Sunday). The average of cases over the last seven days, the most faithful witness of the real trend in recorded contaminations, stands at 338,052 cases, a figure which has been declining slightly each day since the middle of the week.

A peak that lasts

This therefore confirms that the number of cases is plateauing, if not a peak, even if it remains at levels never seen before the arrival at the end of 2021 of the particularly contagious Omicron variant, especially in children.

Trends in hospitalizations and deaths, crucial for the management of the epidemic, remain stable compared to the last few days. On Sunday, 127 people diagnosed positive for Covid died in hospital, a slight increase compared to a week earlier (115 dead).

Overall hospitalizations continue to progress, with a total of 31,536 patients currently in hospital with a Covid diagnosis (compared to 28,838 seven days ago). On the other hand, the number of patients in critical care services, including resuscitation, remains stable, with 3,641 Covid patients (3,760 seven days earlier).

The Omicron variant causes less severe forms of Covid, which results in shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of going to intensive care.

In France, nearly 53,964 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine since the start of the vaccination campaign more than a year ago, i.e. 80% of the population, and 52,686 million have a vaccination schedule. complete (78.1% of the population).

The booster dose is refueling among caregivers

Last Tuesday, more than three-quarters of eligible caregivers have already received the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is now mandatory to be able to practice since Sunday, under penalty of being suspended without pay.

Those who have not yet completed their vaccination schedule will not automatically be suspended from now on. The rule is indeed modeled on the vaccination pass, “namely the application of the maximum period of 7 months” since the last injection (first or second dose depending on the case), recalled the Ministry of Health. This period will be reduced to four months from February 15.

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