Covid is worsening in France, especially in Bordeaux and Marseille

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The most recent figures from the health organization Public Health France (SPF) on Saturday September 12 showed 10,561 new cases in 24 hours. There were 75 new hospitalizations, 28 new intensive care admissions and 17 additional deaths.In the past week, there have been 2,432 hospital admissions and 417 intensive care admissions in total. The level of positivity – the number of people who tested positive compared to the total number of people tested – fell from 4.4% last week to 5.2% this week.

The new figures represent a record in France since the start of the pandemic.

The SPF said it saw “a marked worsening of the situation” at the national level.

He said: “If the dynamics of the epidemic remain as they are, the number of confirmed weekly cases will double in the next two weeks. “

Marseille on alert

The workforce is increasing particularly rapidly in the south of the country, particularly in Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône).

The epidemic is spreading the most in the Bouches-du-Rhône, with 192 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, an increase of 27.5% in one week. The alert threshold is 50. This places it ahead of Paris (143 cases per 100,000) and the Gironde (154).

The SPF declared: “The level of hospitalizations and admissions in intensive care remains moderate, but the increase in these indicators is worrying, especially in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Hospitals in the region have opened additional beds to meet increased demand.

The Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM) said: “In one week, the curve [of the epidemic progression] has been exponential and we have doubled our intensive care admissions.

He added that most of the hospital patients are aged 60 or over, with other conditions existing. “The same kind of people as the first wave… and while the situation is currently under control, it remains worrying. In mid-August, the level of positivity of the tests carried out was 9%.

“Today it is 12.5% ​​and the number of people tested has tripled. “

Bordeaux sees peak in intensive care

In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the number of patients hospitalized for Covid-19 had almost doubled in 10 days, from 85 on August 31 to 147 on September 8.

The Bordeaux CHU hospital said: “We currently have 25 patients with Covid in intensive care, while there were none at the beginning of August.”

The Ile-de-France region still has the largest number of people hospitalized, with 2,442 including 204 in intensive care.

However, the regional health body Regional Health Agency for Ile-de-France declared that there had been good news: “For the first time in six weeks, the increase in the level of incidence has slowed down at the national level, and also in all the departments , with the exception of Val-d’Oise. ”

Professor Dominique Rossi, chairman of the AP-HM medical commission, called on the public to help improve the health situation.

Professor Rossi said: “There are sick people who need intensive care who do not have Covid. We must also help these sick people. To do this, we must avoid admitting too many people with Covid. You have to help us, using masks and barrier methods. “

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