On the front of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, the situation is extremely worrying in Occitania.
New hospitalizations due to Covid-19 in the region have multiplied by more than ten in less than a month, said the Regional Health Agency (ARS) on Saturday.
The latter therefore launches an "emergency appeal to the population" to "slow down the pace of the epidemic" while respecting barrier gestures.
The new hospitalizations went from 30 at the end of June to more than 300 this week, and the entries in critical care and in intensive care went from less than 10 to more than 90 at the same period, specifies the ARS.
On Saturday, more than 130 people were hospitalized in intensive care and critical care in Occitania "with strong pressure in the departments of Pyrénées Orientales, Hérault, Aude and Haute-Garonne".
"More than eight times the alert threshold"
"The proportion of Covid patients in intensive care now exceeds 21% while our region, very touristy, is experiencing very strong non-Covid activity in intensive care," continues the ARS.
Occitanie currently has just over 1,600 intensive care and critical care beds.
On the other hand, the incidence rate reached nearly 420 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (+ 41% in one week), ie “more than eight times the alert threshold”.
The most affected departments, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales, are around 600.
Which departments are subject to health restrictions?
The number of patients admitted to hospital and intensive care still on the rise