Covid: French hospitalizations continue to fall – Science et Avenir

France’s Covid-19 epidemic has continued to slow in recent days, with hospitalizations in particular confirming a decline that began the previous week, a public health report said Thursday.

From July 25 to July 31, “a marked decrease in the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 (continued) in the country, with confirmation of a decrease in the number of hospitalizations,” French public health summarizes in a weekly bulletin.

Thus, in one week, the number of hospitalizations decreased (-34%), including only for intensive care (-29%). The number of cases continued to decline, as it had been for several weeks.

On Thursday, 33,799 cases were identified, up from more than 50,000 a week earlier.

The last wave was announced in early June. Some researchers then expressed their concerns about hospitalizations in a context marked by the lifting of almost all restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of masks in transport, and the uncertainty associated with the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 options.

Ultimately, the number of people hospitalized with Covid appears to have stabilized at a lower level of around 20,000 compared to previous major waves.

A significant development, a decrease in the number of cases and hospitalizations, is now affecting almost all regions of the French mainland, even if the epidemic has not yet returned to the declining phase in some overseas territories, such as Reunion and Mayotte.

Throughout the territory, “virological and hospital indicators (remain) nevertheless at a high level,” emphasizes, however, the French Public Health Service, always recommending several barrier gestures, including wearing a mask in transport.

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