Hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 in France for the third consecutive day – .

Hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 in France for the third consecutive day – .

A patient walks at the entrance of a screening center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Les Sorinières near Nantes as the PCR and antigen tests, necessary for the unvaccinated to obtain a valid health passport, become chargeable , excluding medical prescriptions, in France, October 15, 2021. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahé

PARIS, October 19 (Reuters) – The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in France increased for the third day in a row on Tuesday, a trend that had not been observed for nearly two months, according to French health authorities.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 15 people in 24 hours to 6,483. This is five times less than the pandemic peak of 33,497 reported in November 2020.

But with the reproduction rate slipping back above 1.0 and the virus still raging in parts of Europe, including Britain, some fear a fifth wave of the pandemic in France.

A reproduction rate greater than 1.0 indicates that the pandemic is accelerating. As of October 16, the latest data available, the rate had reached 1.05 in France against 0.71 in mid-September.

France recorded 5,934 new confirmed cases within 24 hours, which marks a slight increase from a week earlier.

With nearly 7.1 million infections reported since the start of the pandemic in February 2020, France has the seventh highest total in the world.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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