Near the banks of the Garonne, in Toulouse, during the Covid-19 epidemic.
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While some French departments are seeing their incidence rate explode, Occitanie has recorded three weeks of decline, before stagnating in recent days.
The effect of vaccination is being felt since the number of Covid-19 cases in nursing homes has fallen and the incidence rate among those over 75 is down by 27% last week.
There remain sources of concern, in particular the predominance of the more contagious British variant, now spotted in 61% of cases.
So localized confinements are imposed on weekends in Dunkirk and Nice and that a reflection is on the table for cities like Paris, Lyon or Marseille, in Occitania "the situation is under control but fragile", explained on Wednesday the Director of the Regional Health Agency, Pierre Ricordeau.
After reaching incidence rates of nearly 250 positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in early February, for three weeks these have been declining continuously.
They are of the order of 150 cases on average in Occitania, including four departments below the 100 cases mark: Aveyron, Lot, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Orientales.
A 27% drop in cases among those over 75
“This drop has been fairly general, some departments are experiencing a rise but which remains limited.
There is a decrease in screening: we have gone from 200,000 tests before leave to 165,000 today.
There is also a certain reduction in the hospital system, 425 new hospitalizations are recorded each week against 800 at the beginning of February, ”notes Pierre Ricordeau, director of the ARS.
Contaminations in nursing homes, which over one year recorded 1,400 deaths due to Covid-19, also dropped to 300 new contaminations each week against 800 until recently.
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A trend which can be explained in particular by vaccination: 83% of residents in Occitania have in fact vaccinated, three-quarters of whom have received their second dose.
And over 75 years and over, this vaccination rate reaches 30%, when it is only 5.3% in the general population.
While the incidence rate stagnated last week for all inhabitants of Occitanie, it fell by 27% for this age group.
The predominance of the British variant
But behind these results, much better than those of eight other French regions, concerns persist.
In particular concerning the diffusion of the British variant, which is not without impact in sectors such as Lunel, Béziers or the most populated departments of the region.
"If the Brazilian and South African variants are very little present in Occitania - 2% of tests against 6% at the national level -, the more contagious British variant now represents 61% of the tests against 58% at the national level", specifies Pierre Ricordeau. which reminds us that barrier gestures remain one of the best ways to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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