Alert level reached in 37 departments, measures reimposed – .

Alert level reached in 37 departments, measures reimposed – .

Local measures against Covid-19 have been introduced in hard-hit regions of France, with the Minister of Health declaring that “the epidemic is clearly stronger now than in previous waves”.
The government has warned of higher levels of the virus in recent days as the Delta variant continues to spread and daily cases increase.

In the last 24 hours (until July 18), 12,532 new cases were confirmed, compared to 10,949 on Saturday July 17; and against 4,256 on Friday July 16.

The incidence rate (cases per 100,000 inhabitants) has risen above the minimum alert threshold of 50, in 37 departments.

Health Minister Olivier Véran Told the Sunday Newspaper: “The epidemic is clearly stronger now than in previous waves. “

In a tweet, he wrote: “Vaccination saves lives and is the way to end Covid-19. “

Figures released on Sunday July 18 show a slight increase in hospitalizations. the most recent figures for July 18 show there were 6,936 patients hospitalized with Covid-19 – an increase of 14 since Saturday, July 17, but 247 fewer than last week.

There were nine new intensive care admissions in the 24 hours through Sunday; and five new hospital deaths. This is in comparison with 16 deaths on the previous Saturday (July 9) and four on the previous Sunday (July 11).

“Stratospheric increase”

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned that “the Delta variant is a game-changer because it is incredibly more contagious, more aggressive than the original strain of the virus.”

In an interview with The Parisian, he said that in recent days, France has known “a stratospheric increase in incidence”. The incidence is the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

He said: “We have to be clear. Now the options are either general vaccination or a viral tsunami. There is no alternative.

He said the current situation is at a level “not seen since the start of the crisis”.

Reimposed measures

Several regions have imposed new measures in an attempt to control the spread.

Masks are now mandatory outdoors again in parts of certain regions, including Hauts-de-France, Normandy and Occitanie.

In the tourist areas of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the prefect announced that bars, restaurants and beach bars must close at 11:00 p.m. until August 2. People should also wear a mask outside in public places, except when they are on the beach.

The incidence rate in the department increased sharply, from 41.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants on July 9 to 258.8 seven days later. This is above the highest alert threshold of 200.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, also said that he can re-impose the wearing of the mask in the coastal town.

Haute-Corse is also above this level (249.1). The number is also on the rise in the Alpes-Maritimes (133.6), and in Charente-Maritime (109).

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