The number of new cases of Covid-19 remains high in France, with more than 23,000 contaminations in 24 hours, and hospital pressure is not weakening, according to data from Public Health France published Wednesday evening.
Laboratories recorded 23,852 confirmed cases in 24 hours, against 19,753 the day before. About 20,000 new cases have been recorded every day since the beginning of the year, far from the 5,000 expected by the government in mid-December.
In addition, as of Wednesday, some 247,167 people have been vaccinated in France against Covid-19 since the launch of the campaign on December 26, said the Directorate General of Health (DGS) in a press release.
The number of Covid patients hospitalized across the country stands at 24,735 (against 24,703 Tuesday, 24,812 Monday), including 1,588 arrivals in 24 hours.
The intensive care units, which welcome seriously ill patients, are always full, with 208 admissions over a day, and a total of 2,701 patients occupying the beds.
In 24 hours, the disease killed 232 people (compared to 362 the day before), bringing the total death toll to 69,031 since the start of the epidemic.
The positivity rate, which measures the percentage of people positive for the new coronavirus among those tested, remains stable at 6.5%
A defense council met Wednesday around the head of state and new measures will be announced Thursday to slow the epidemic.
The president of the Scientific Council, who guides the choices of the executive, Jean-François Delfraissy, drew up a “paradoxical” inventory of the situation: “on the one hand we have a France which is better than the whole European countries (at the level of contaminations), on the other hand, we have figures that have stagnated, even slightly increasing since mid-December, “he noted.
“We do not yet have the exact impact of the consequences of the December 31st holidays, and we have a relatively high rate of occupancy of hospital beds and intensive care units, but which does not get carried away,” developed Professor Delfraissy.
But the main concern is the circulation of the more contagious British variant, which has caused an outbreak in the UK.
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