France registered 3,776 new positive Covid-19 diagnoses in the last day, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Directorate-General for Health. The bar with 3,000 new cases had only been crossed twice since May.
Covid-19 circulation is intensifying within the territory. In the last 700 hours, France has exceeded the 3,700 new pollution cases, a remarkable increase since May, according to figures published on Wednesday 19 August by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
According to this count, 3,766 new positive diagnoses were registered during the last day, compared to 2238 on Tuesday. And since May, the bar with 3,000 new cases had only been crossed twice, Saturday and Sunday. A total of 16,747 people have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past seven days. “In the last seven days, almost a third of the departments exceeded the watch threshold for 10 new positive RT-PCR tests per 100,000 inhabitants,” according to DGS, which specifically cites Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
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Hospital admissions in (slightly) decreases
However, hospital admissions have fallen slightly: French hospitals have admitted 162 new patients with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, compared with 185 on Tuesday. A total of 4,806 people are hospitalized with an infection with the virus, a decrease from 4,823 on Tuesday. The number of patients in intensive care (374) also decreased slightly compared with the day before (380). 31 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit, up from 28 on Monday.
30,468 people have died in France since the epidemic began (ie 17 deaths since Tuesday), including 19,957 in hospitals and 10,511 in social and medico-social facilities. However, this figure is from Tuesday and will be updated on 25 August. The percentage of positive tests continues to increase slightly, to 3.1% against 3% on Tuesday and 21 new focuses of clustered cases have been discovered, DGS also indicated.
The extended worm duty
The marked increase in new cases of infection in recent weeks has led many municipalities to expand their outdoor masking obligations. From Friday, the authorities will be masking everyone from the city of Toulouse, from the age of 11. Similarly, the city of Nice, which made it mandatory to wear a mask in a large area in early August, will extend its decree on Thursday to impose the entire city.
Another measure, to avoid a new epidemic outbreak, announced on Tuesday that the Ministry of Labor would wear a mask to be “systematized” by the end of August in “all closed and shared spaces” of companies.
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