June 16, 2021

The increase in the circulation of the virus in the South-West worries the government

Hospital pressure continues to decline, yet all indicators are not green. The circulation of Covid-19 is on the rise in part of France, in particular in Occitanie and New Aquitaine, warned, Wednesday, June 2, the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal.

“If the overall level of circulation of the virus is comparable to that of the beginning of last autumn, warning signals are emerging in certain territories”, said Gabriel Attal after the Council of Ministers. “In New Aquitaine, we are seeing sometimes significant increases in the circulation of the virus”, with a reproduction rate that “Has gone back above 1, which means that the epidemic is gaining ground again”, according to him.

He pointed out that “This unfavorable development is particularly marked in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, where the incidence has increased by nearly 80% over one week”, and “To a lesser extent, in Charente-Maritime, Lot-et-Garonne, Charente, Landes and Gironde”. “It’s a warning signal”, stressed the spokesperson, calling for no “Not let your guard down”, while specifying that the level of circulation of the virus remained “Moderate”.

Context: Visualize the evolution of the epidemic in France and around the world

More than half of adults have received a first injection

Customers on a restaurant terrace, in Arcachon, May 19, 2021.

On vaccination, open since Monday to the entire adult population, Gabriel Attal described“Unprecedented feat” and of “Important victory over the epidemic” the fact that this Wednesday, “The symbolic bar of 50% of adults having received a first injection”.

“Last week, we came close to 700,000 injections in one day, and twice broke the record for the number of injections in twenty-four hours”, greeted the spokesperson, thanking in particular “Health professionals and local elected officials”. Gabriel Attal, however, called for the « vigilance » people who have received a first dose, who “Does not offer complete vaccine protection”. These are 26,176,709 people who received at least a first dose (39.1% of the total population and 49.8% of the adult population), according to the Ministry of Health. And 11,220,050 people received two injections, or 16.7% of the total population and 21.4% of the adult population.

The intensive care unit, which receives the most serious cases, had 2,825 patients on Tuesday, against 2,945 on Monday. This figure fell below 3,000 on Sunday, for the first time since the end of January. At the height of the third wave, between mid-April and early May, it hovered around 6,000 patients. In total, 16,088 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in France on Tuesday, against 16,596 the day before. At the hospital, 137 Covid patients have died in the past twenty-four hours, according to the health agency, bringing the number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 109,691.

The World with AFP