The Covid-19 pandemic is ebbing in France but is not disappearing.

This is the warning from Public Health France this Friday, which encourages the executive not to relax the braking measures.

Because if the circulation slows down in France, “with an incidence rate down by 8%”, it remains high, especially among the over 70s, who are particularly fragile in the face of the virus.

"This indicator nevertheless continued to increase among people aged 70 and over and remained at a very high level (more than 3,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) in the majority of regions", noted the French public health agency during a point hurry.

The greatest increase was observed among those aged 90 and over (+19%).

Farewell 5th wave

However, the number of new hospitalizations was down slightly (-7%) while the number of critical care admissions stabilized (-3%).

An improvement in the indicators which suggests that the peak of the fifth wave has now passed.

“The worst is behind us”, declared Wednesday evening the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

There are "encouraging signs, but very, very great caution" is needed, the health agency insisted on Friday.

The emergence of variants like BA.2 is attracting “the greatest attention”.

More and more deaths

The Omicron BA.2 sub-variant, which is probably more contagious, thus continues to progress in France: it represented 2% of sequencing in the third week of January, against 0.2% two weeks earlier.

There is “a real slowdown in the number of new cases” but “deaths continue to increase”, also warned the agency.

According to the counts of the last 24 hours, 280 people died in hospital with a Covid diagnosis (compared to 277 the day before).

"Things are starting to improve, but it is precisely because they are improving that we must continue" all the braking measures such as "vaccination, tests and barrier measures", according to the agency. .


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