parPARIS (Reuters) - Le ministère français de la Santé a signalé mardi 3304 nouvelles infections à coronavirus, bien en deçà des sommets quotidiens observés la semaine dernière, bien qu'un plus grand nombre de jeunes adultes soient testés positifs, beaucoup sans présenter de symptômes.
The number of new infections was higher than the 1995 reported on Monday – a day that traditionally shows a decline, but remained well below Sunday’s new post-lockout high of 4,897 and below the levels above 3,600 reported in the second. half of last week.
The cumulative total rose to 248,158, with 30,544 deaths, including 16 in the past 24 hours, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell by 90 to a new low after the lockdown of 4,600.
The number of people in intensive care increased from 11 to 410 and is now back to levels last seen in late July, but remains well below the peak of over 7,000 in early April.
Epidemiologists say the relatively limited pressure on hospitals is due to the virus now actively circulating among young people, who typically have fewer or no symptoms of respiratory illness.
But an increase in infections among young adults is starting to show up in hospital statistics, the health ministry said in its latest review.
The number of people under 40 hospitalized for COVID-19 has more than doubled to 18% since early July, from around 8% from February to July, according to ministry data. About 13% of intensive care patients were under 40, up from 7% in the spring.
Dominique Costagliola, an epidemiologist at the INSERM research institute, said France needs to remain vigilant.
“It is difficult to imagine that the virus remains confined to young people… The more it circulates among young people, the more likely it is to reach the elderly. Once it gets passed on to the elderly or nursing homes, it snowballs, ”she said, alluding to the possibility of more serious infections in older people.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq and Emilie Delwarde; Editing by Mark Heinrich)