The flu epidemic has spread in recent days in France, health authorities announced on Wednesday, in a context also marked by a resurgence of Covid.
The influenza epidemic, which broke out at the end of November in mainland France, won more than half of it with “nine regions in epidemic phase“, according to the weekly report of Public Health France.
The regions concerned are now: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Brittany, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and, overseas, Martinique, Mayotte and Réunion.
The last few days have been marked by a jump in infections and a “very sharp increase in hospitalizations, particularly among people aged 65 and over“, underlined Public Health France.
The outbreak of the influenza epidemic, rather early this year, comes to test a health system tested by the recurrent waves of Covid, currently in full recovery, and, in babies, an epidemic of bronchiolitis unprecedented since ten years.