Was it the last weekend of respite before confinement in Ile-de-France?


Caroline Politi / 20 Minutes

  • Two departments, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, now have an incidence rate - above 400, and two others, Seine-et-Marne and Val-d'Oise, above 350 Above all, everywhere except Yvelines, this rate is increasing.

  • Resuscitation services are on the verge of saturation.

Containment in Ile-de-France?

"No news", said Tuesday morning the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, at the microphone of RTL.

In recent days, however, the health situation was not looking good in the Ile-de-France region.

Two departments, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, now have an incidence rate - that is to say the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days - greater than 400, two others, Seine-et-Marne and Val-d'Oise, above 350. Above all, everywhere except Yvelines, this rate is increasing.

Direct consequence: the intensive care units are on the verge of saturation.

On Tuesday, the director of the Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency, Aurélien Rousseau, counted 1,025 patients infected with Covid-19 on the approximately 1,127 resuscitation beds currently available and estimated that these would all be occupied in during the week.

"We are in a situation of very strong tension", insisted Monday the senior official, specifying that 70 to 80 Covid + patients entered every day in intensive care in the region, when 45 to 50 left.

To deal with the situation, he called on all establishments to deprogram 40% of their medical and surgical activities.

In parallel, he indicated that 1,577 resuscitation beds should be available "during the next week".

The situation is expected to deteriorate in the coming days

If Jérôme Salomon recognized a "very strong tension" in hospitals, he considered that confinement remained a "measure of last resort".

It remains to be seen whether his position will be followed during the health defense council to be held on Wednesday.

Because the situation should not improve.

It is estimated that around ten days the delay between the moment a person is infected and his admission, if his condition deteriorates, in intensive care.

In short: people currently admitted to intensive care were infected at the end of February or at the very beginning of March.

However, since the beginning of the month, the spread of the virus has accelerated in Ile-de-France, notably under the effect of the increased presence of the British variant.

It now represents 60% of positive cases in the region, 70% even in Yvelines and Val d'Oise.

The Covid-19 now contaminates more in Seine-Saint-Denis and in Val-de-Marne than in Pas-de-Calais, confined at the weekend since last week. 

The government faces an end of inadmissibility of elected officials on the question of containment at the weekend.

Starting with Anne Hidalgo who considers this solution "inhumane" and even proposed on France Inter, Monday, to delay the time of the curfew.

“At 6 pm, we are in the middle of the afternoon in Paris (…) I think it should be adapted,” she said.

Valérie Pécresse, she indicated that she would not oppose a containment measure.

Answer Thursday, during the now traditional press conference.


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