A Covid-19 patient taken care of at the Nantes University Hospital (illustration).
L.Venance / AFP
For the first time since the summer, the incidence rate of Covid-19 in Pays-de-la-Loire appears to be down slightly.
Hospitalizations and deaths, on the other hand, continue to rise.
A clearing in the gray.
For the first time since the summer, contamination of the coronavirus in Pays-de-la-Loire seems to be slowing down, according to the latest epidemiology figures published this Tuesday evening by the regional health agency (ARS) of the Pays-de- the Loire.
The regional incidence rate, which measures the number of new positive cases in relation to the population, has indeed shown a slight decrease since last Friday (date of the last epidemiological bulletin): it goes from 340 per 100,000 inhabitants to 321 per 100,000. inhabitants.
Same evolution if we look only at the age group over 65 (from 362 to 296).
This slowdown is repeated in each department.
Including Maine-et-Loire, the most affected territory, whose incidence rate drops below the symbolic bar of 400 to reach 378. By comparison, the national incidence rate is 429 per 100,000 inhabitants.
58 additional deaths in four days
Another indicator points to the decline, that of the positivity rate among those tested.
The regional positivity rate thus drops from 16.7% to 15.9%.
Same observation in Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire and Vendée.
Are these the first effects of confinement?
The next epidemiological bulletin, Friday, will verify whether the trend is confirmed.
In the meantime, more and more Covid-19 patients are in the hospitals of Pays-de-la-Loire.
More than a thousand patients are currently hospitalized, including 127 more since Friday.
The intensive care beds are also increasingly busy: 162 this Tuesday against 143 four days ago.
And it is once again in Maine-et-Loire that care services are the most strained.
As for deaths, they continue to increase: 58 people with the coronavirus have lost their lives since Friday in Pays-de-la-Loire.
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