Daily infections continue to increase due to the seventh wave of Covid in France. According to the new Health Minister, Francois Brown, there have been more than 200,000 in the past 24 hours, the highest number in weeks.
According to figures provided by the Minister, in the last week of the resurgence of this epidemic caused by Omicron’s BA4 and BA5 sub variants, cases increased by an average of 120,000 units per day.
The most affected area is the Paris region, Ile-de-France, with 1,200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. For the minister, the arrival of the peak of the epidemic may lie – albeit not uncertain In 2 or 3 weeks. However, the 200,000 case count is a far cry from the peak of around 400,000 cases per day in January.
The Minister emphasizes that these sub-variants are no different from the other so far known species of Omicron, which are highly contagious but less dangerous than the original strain. However, observing the curve of the increase in cases in the past few days has highlighted a slight slowdown in progress. The patients hospitalized with Covid are 16,638, with a thousand new admissions each day (a fairly steady increase of 30% each week). The number of intensive care admissions is growing less, at 978, with 90 new admissions every day. The number of deaths remained stable at 45 per day.
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