Covid-19: more than 700 deaths in one month, new wave… why we must not lower our guard against the virus

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Written by Doug Hampton

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If the Covid-19 virus is no longer talked about today, it continues to rage in France. More than 12,700 infected patients are currently hospitalized in the country. In addition, 750 people have died of Covid-19 over the past 30 days in our country.

Do not let your guard down: this is a bit of the “leitmotif” of the French government, when, last Friday, May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Covid-19 was no longer a health emergency. world.

“This is good news which should also force us to remain vigilant”, reacted for her part Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Health in charge in particular of the health professions. The person concerned continues: “Global immunity is almost there, but there are still hospitalizations, deaths linked to Covid”.

? The WHO raises the maximum alert level on the Covid-19 ➡️ “This is good news but which must force us to remain vigilant”, underlines Agnès Firmin Le Bodo. “Overall immunity is almost there, but there are still hospitalizations, Covid-related deaths.”

— franceinfo (@franceinfo) May 6, 2023

Does Covid-19 still have a concrete impact on the health situation in France? First, the end of the compulsory isolation of infected people and contact cases has “complicated” the monitoring of epidemiological developments. The number of tests carried out is in free fall: just over 30,000 screenings are now counted daily in France, compared to 450,000 before the summer of 2022. And the lower the number of tests, the more difficult it is to keep pace. spread of the virus.

Nearly 32,000 people are tested by antigen test or PCR every day, this number had never been so low since this daily count was made, ie for exactly three years. #Covid19

— Nicolas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) May 3, 2023

But despite these monitoring difficulties, the data shared by the French health authorities indicate that the country has just gone through a new wave of contamination, the tenth since the start of the pandemic.

As of April 29, 18% of the screening tests carried out in France were positive: figures which however remain very far from what was recorded during previous waves of contamination. At least a third of the tests carried out in the country were positive.

26 deaths every day

The peak of this new wave was passed at the end of last April, without this having any impact on the health system.

French health establishments have found levels of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 similar to what had been recorded before the spread of variants of the Omicron family – particularly contagious – in the world. At present, more than 12,700 people infected with the virus are hospitalized in France.

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Added to this are the deaths: 26 people die every day in the country because of the virus. Over the past 30 days, there have been 750 deaths linked to the disease in France: the sign without a doubt that SARS-CoV-2 has not completely disappeared from the radar.

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