• While the incidence rate had risen to more than 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Hérault in the heart of the summer, on September 24 it crossed the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • In August, with the massive influx of tourists, mortality there increased by 16% compared to the figures for 2018 and 2019, one of the highest rates in mainland France.

  • The decline has since been constant and materializes in the number of hospitalizations and a much slower growth in deaths.

The little Hérault residents will be among the last to remove the mask. But it is imminent: the latest data over seven days, delivered by Public Health France, suggest in the department an incidence rate of 39.5 per 100,000 inhabitants (the threshold for removing the mask in class is 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, for at least five days). The metropolis of Montpellier has also fallen below this symbolic threshold since it has an incidence rate of 49.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The decline in the number of people affected by Covid-19 is significant: this summer, with the massive influx of tourists, excess mortality in Hérault was one of the highest in France with a jump of 16% compared to 2018 and 2019. “In the past, an abnormally high number of deaths during the summer has already been observed, but only during periods of heat waves, says INSEE.

In 2021, the hot weather was moderate and the excess deaths measured in August resulted above all from the rapid spread of the delta variant in the region ”.

An incidence rate three times higher than the French average this summer

The drop in the incidence rate is particularly marked in Hérault. By the end of July, it had reached a critical peak of 609.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Almost triple the French average. The decline has been as rapid as the explosion in the number of cases. Of the Mediterranean departments, only the Pyrénées-Orientales (where wearing a mask in school is no longer compulsory), have a lower incidence rate.

The consequences are immediate The Hérault is the department of Occitanie to have paid the heaviest price for the epidemic with 1,152 deaths in hospital, a total which does not take into account the mortality in nursing homes.

If 121 people are still hospitalized on Tuesday (including 31 in critical care), the fourth wave is well and truly over.

“Vigilance remains topical in the face of an epidemic that is not over, nevertheless specifies the ARS.

The virus circulates less, but the number of serious cases is still decreasing very gradually in the hospital and it has not reached the lowest levels observed beforehand ”.

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In Occitania, 4.5 million people received a first injection of the vaccine.

That is 90.4% of the population over 18 years old.

And 127,700 fragile people have already benefited from a booster dose.

"It is now that it once again reinforces the protection of people who are most at risk of developing complications," warns the ARS.


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