France faces strong second wave of coronavirus

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With more than 16,100 new positives in the last 24 hours, more than 1,480 active sources of contagion and more than 1,400 patients in resuscitation, the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, bluntly recognizes that the French country must face up to “A strong second wave & rdquor; of covid-19.

“If in the next fifteen days we see that health indicators continue to deteriorate significantly […] we will can decree supplementary measures& rdquor ;, Jean Castex announced this Monday in an interview with France Info, without excluding a “local reconfinement & rdquor; in the areas most affected by the coronavirus.

On “high alert”, the situation in Paris continues to deteriorate

On October 5, Paris and its three neighboring departments were added to the list of “high alert zones & rdquor ;, label inaugurated by Guadeloupe and Marseille, after exceeding the maximum thresholds of the markers set by the government to activate the alarm signal: the incidence rate of the disease (250 per 100,000 inhabitants), its incidence among the elderly (100 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the occupancy rate of resuscitation services (30% of ICUs occupied by covid-19 patients) . Since then, the repertoire has not stopped growing: Grenoble, Lille, Lyon and Saint-Étienne joined the list last week; Toulouse y Montpelier They will do it from tomorrow.

The acceleration of the epidemic seems to be attacking the major French metropolises, especially Paris, where “17% of people subjected to a PCR test are positive & rdquor ;. It is “a figure that we have never reached before”, alerted, this Monday, October 12, the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Île-de-France, Aurélien Rousseau. It is not the only worrying data: “the rate of positives is 800 per 100,000 inhabitants among the population of 20 and 30 years in Paris -when the alert threshold is 50-. And above all, in the last three days, these numbers have risen very rapidly among the elderly & rdquor ;.

Eventual saturation of resuscitation services

To the concern of the health authorities about the multiplication of infections – on the rise despite the restrictions put in place to limit crowds and stop the spread of the virus – is added the eventual saturation of the Parisian resuscitation services in the next weeks. “With 474 sick [de covid-19], we have exceeded 42% of the places available in intensive care & rdquor ;, stressed Rousseau. A situation that will not improve in the coming weeks: “[…] We will have more serious cases […] probably in the next few days up to 300 people will arrive at the hospitals in the Île-de-France region& rdquor ;, predicted the director of the health agency.

Given the general deterioration of the health situation, the Government will review this Wednesday, within the framework of its weekly Defense Council devoted to the pandemic, “the epidemiological data to see if it is necessary to go further [en materia de restricciones]& rdquor ;, explained the prime minister. After this meeting, Emmanuel Macron will meet on the set of TF1 and France 2 to star in a televised interview. In addition to taking stock of the situation, Macron could announce new measures and limitations to face the second wave of covid-19 in France.

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