An “R” number less than 1 means that the virus is backing up. More than 2, and it is actively spreading.
The latest calculations show that Brittany is on 2.62, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (1.55). Six other regions have an R number greater than 1: New Aquitaine (1.4), Pays de la Loire (1.5),
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (1.29), Ile-de-France (1.15), Hauts-de-France (1.06) and Bourgogne Franche-Comté (1.21).
It comes after the department of Mayenne in the north-west of France (Pays de la Loire) was declared this week on “high vulnerability” alert after new cases of Covid-19 were reported there.
Finistère made it compulsory today (Friday 17 July) to wear a mask on the seaside markets of the region and in other areas where physical distance is not possible – under penalty of a fine of € 135.
Wearing a mask in closed public spaces should become mandatory across the country from Monday.
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In New Aquitaine, ARS reminded people to “rigorously apply barrier methods” because it said it had registered 10 new clusters in the region, including six in Bordeaux (Dordogne) and two in Vienna. Many of these cases have been linked to “private events” – such as weddings and parties – within a “large family network”.
The ARS said that the holiday and wedding season, as well as tourism, during the summer months could contribute to the spread of the virus.
He also indicated that the situation could be worsened by the return of people abroad and the arrival of seasonal workers in agricultural areas, as happened in a cluster of Parentis-en-Born (Landes).
Summer season, less precautions
The press release warns: “The season of family reunions and various festivities presents a context favorable to an active restart of the circulation of the virus in New Aquitaine, a region also very touristy.”
The department of Gironde is now on alert for “moderate vulnerability”, according to the ARS, with “a negative development of health indicators” such as the number of positive cases, new clusters, new calls to the health line SOS Doctorsand new hospitalizations related to Covid.
He said this was due to “a drop in the protective measures taken by the population” and said the alert was a “sign that the situation can change very quickly”.
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He warned that there had also been an increase in the number of people admitted to intensive care since the last update – two more than on July 10, for 11 in total – and three more deaths.
The ARS said: “The population must continue its efforts and establishments, shops, leisure and tourism sites, festival organizers and groups must work so that their visitors [health] recommendations. ”
The French government continues to update an interactive map showing the number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations across the country, including the number currently in intensive care.
The map allows you to click on your region and zoom to see exactly where the cases are, by department.
The website allows you to search by hospitalizations, new cases, new ICU admissions and hospital deaths. Click on the image below to search.
(Map: Gouvernement.fr / Screenshot)
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