The impact of the fourth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic continues to weigh on hospitalizations in France, including critical care services, according to figures from Public Health France published on Saturday.
The number of hospitalized patients is still increasing, amounting to 9,648 patients - against 9,546 on Friday, including 606 new admissions - against 836 the day before.
Over the last seven days, 5,298 new hospitalizations have occurred, against 4,574 the previous week.
Hospitalizations in critical care services, which take care of the most serious cases, also continue to increase, totaling 1,837 patients against 1,831 on Friday, including 118 admissions in 24 hours.
This indicator, closely scrutinized by the health authorities who want to avoid saturation of hospitals as in the French West Indies, had fallen below the threshold of 1,000 patients on July 7.
"Very worrying" situation in Guadeloupe and Martinique
Between Friday and Saturday, 51 people succumbed to Covid (74 died the day before), bringing the total death toll to 112,658 deaths since the start of the epidemic in March 2020. On the side of contaminations, 24,427 cases were recorded this Saturday, against 26,453 the day before.
In its weekly update Friday, Public Health France drew up a “mixed” assessment of the health situation, observing a slowdown in the progression of the incidence rate at the national level (236 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), but which does not yet translate to the hospital.
The health agency also highlighted a strong geographic heterogeneity, with a "very worrying" situation in Guadeloupe and Martinique, where contaminations are exploding and hospitals are overwhelmed.
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