More than half of the metropolitan departments have fallen below the bar of 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, and about twenty even have an incidence rate of less than 25. 18 departments have an incidence rate of less than 25 and a test fee. positivity less than 1.
A Covid test tent in Paris, September 6, 2021 © AFP / Magali Cohen / Hans Lucas
Creuse, Manche, Cantal, Orne, Landes, Nièvre … All these departments have the lowest incidence rates in mainland France last week. After approaching 250 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents last August, the national average incidence rate is just 60.8 today, according to the most recent figures available as of Sept. 23.
53 departments below alert threshold of 50
An average pulled up by some departments (the Bouches-du-Rhône in particular still has a high incidence rate of 162), but down by most others: of the 96 departments in the metropolis, 53 are below the threshold alert of 50; and 18 below 25.
The positivity rate has also dropped dramatically: 1.3% of new Covid cases in all tests conducted last week in mainland France. Also in this case, some departments are even below the symbolic bar of 1%, such as Creuse, Cantal, Landes, Somme, Calvados or Haute-Saône, all at the lowest level of 0.6%.
In total, 18 departments show reassuring figures
If we combine these two indicators, we can establish a list of the departments where the virus circulates the least, that is, those where the incidence rate is less than 25 and where the positivity rate is less than 1%, a sign that the Covid is decreasing. The 18 departments affected are: Creuse, Manche, Cantal, Orne, Landes, Somme, Nièvre, Saône et Loire, Calvados, Finistere, Indre, Haute-Saône, Vendée, Corrèze, Aisne, Allier, Pas de Calais and Lozère. Others are on the right track: 14 departments, from Loir-et-Cher to the Dordogne in particular, have a positivity rate of less than 1 but an incidence rate even higher than 25.