In his daily report on the epidemic of Covid-19, Public Health France reported this Thursday, January 7, 21,703 new cases, a figure up compared to that of last Thursday (19,927 cases on December 31).
This brings the total number of coronavirus cases to 2,727,321 since the start of the epidemic.
The test positivity rate is up slightly, to 5.7%. The number of tests performed is decreasing, but the number of cases detected is increasing. Public Health France reports 1,921 clusters under investigation, including two with the new British variant.
France is still cut in two along an east-west axis, with the part is the most affected. Here is the incidence rate by department on January 4 (date of the last consolidated data):
As of January 7, the most affected departments are the Alpes-Maritimes (358.35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and the Jura (346.33). Finistère and Côtes-d’Armor are the only departments below the alert threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Here is the evolution of the incidence rate in the different departments since October 1:
Slight decrease in hospitals
The number of Covid-19 patients currently hospitalized stands at 24,488, of which 2,573 are in intensive care, which is 253 and 43 respectively less than on Wednesday.
In hospitals, 277 more deaths were recorded in 24 hours, bringing the toll of the epidemic to 66,842 deaths.
During a press conference in the late afternoon, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the restrictive measures were maintained for the month of January, and 10 additional departments could go under curfew from 6 p.m..