427 new deaths in 24 hours, further decline in intensive care patients

Two nurses at the Timone Hospital in Marseille (illustration image). – Daniel Cole / AP / SIPA

More than 400 Covid-19 patients died in twenty-four hours, but the number of patients in intensive care decreased slightly for the second day in a row, according to official statistics published on Wednesday.

Data from the health agency Public Health France show 427 deaths recorded in the last twenty-four hours in hospitals, bringing the total death toll linked to the coronavirus to 46,700 since the start of the epidemic in France. However, the pressure is easing a little on the resuscitation services, even if they remain under great stress: 4,759 Covid-19 patients are in intensive care, including 361 new admissions since the day before.

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It has been two days in a row that Covid patients in intensive care have decreased modestly: they were 4,838 Tuesday and 4,919 Monday. In addition, there were 32,811 people with Covid-19 hospitalized on Wednesday (regardless of the seriousness of their condition), against a record of 33,500 the day before, a level that had not been reached during the first wave in the spring.

The number of new infections amounts to 25,506 cases confirmed by RT-PCR (of which 4,219 are linked to a catch-up of data) and 2,877 cases confirmed by antigen test. The test positivity rate is 16.2%.

Emmanuel Macron will speak next week to announce on which points the confinement will be relaxed. By then, Prime Minister Jean Castex will bring together the leaders of parties and political groups on Friday, and Minister of Health Olivier Véran will take stock of the epidemic on Thursday evening.



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