Covid-19 contaminations have accelerated in recent days in France after a recovery that began in early September, but with consequences still uncertain in the hospital, detailed the health authorities.
“The circulation of SARS-CoV-2 has accelerated throughout the metropolitan territory with virological indicators rising sharply”, summarized Public Health France in a point published Thursday evening for the period from September 12 to 18.
More updated figures are available, however: On Thursday, 38,464 cases were reported, compared to less than 34,000 a week earlier.
“Here we go again (…) for 15 days”, commented Friday on RTL the spokesperson for the French government, Olivier Véran. “Afterwards, what is the scale? Is it a wave strictly speaking, how big will it be? We have to wait a bit”.
After experiencing several waves since the start of the year, the Covid-19 epidemic had fallen to a particularly low level at the end of August, but contaminations have rebounded in recent weeks, in a context notably marked by the start of the school year.
As such, the incidence rate – the number of cases reported to a given population – has particularly increased among 10-19 year olds. In one week, it more than doubled.
The consequences in the hospital, relatively limited during the previous wave at the start of the summer, are still difficult to assess: “an increase in new admissions (…) was observed in certain regions while a stabilization was observed at the national level. “, sums up Public Health France.
The agency emphasizes the need to speed up vaccination, in particular the second booster dose – sometimes called the “fourth dose” – in the most vulnerable, such as the elderly.
The Haute Autorité de Santé has just approved several vaccines adapted to the Omicron variant. However, she warns that it is better not to wait for them and to be vaccinated with the vaccines available if you are at risk and not up to date with the recommended booster dose.