By SudOuest.fr with AFP
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in critical care services is still above 2,000 patients, according to data released Monday by health authorities
With 235 people placed in intensive care in the last 24 hours (103 Sunday, 165 Saturday), critical care services are welcoming 2,215 patients on Monday (2,128 Sunday, 2,106 Saturday), deplores the latest report Monday evening communicated by Public Health France. This indicator, closely scrutinized by health authorities, had fallen below the 1,000 patient mark on July 7.
The number of hospitalizations is still high with 11,007 patients (10,651 Sunday, 10,463 Saturday), including 943 in 24 hours.
“What the Institut Pasteur tells us (is that) we could have reached the peak of intensive care in a few days and then we could have a stabilization of entries and exits in intensive care; that is to say that we avoid the saturation of hospitals and then we could hope for a decrease ”, indicated the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on BFMTV.
But the politician hastened to put a “downside”: “in a few days, there will be the start of the school year and currently there are also many French people who were on vacation in the South and South-West regions where there is the strongest circulation of the virus, which will return to regions which were little affected by the 4th wave, which is why we must be extremely vigilant ”.
108 deaths in 24 hours
According to Véran, “the impact of vaccination”, “the impact of the health pass” and “our ability to test the French”, however, allow “to look ahead with less concern than a month before the French do not go on vacation ”.
With 108 deaths in 24 hours, the number of deaths has now reached 113,480 since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic.
For nearly a month, the curve of hospitalizations linked to Covid has gone up. The situation is particularly worrying in Overseas. In Guadeloupe and Martinique, “the hospitals are packed, we see the difference between a vaccinated territory (the metropolis, Editor’s note) and one which is not,” lamented Monday the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on BFMTV.
61.8% of the population with a complete vaccination schedule
Regarding the issue of the 3rd dose of vaccine, Véran specifies that the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) “will inform us soon”. The Minister of Health thinks that the HAS “will probably tell us to make this 3rd injection in all people aged 65 and over, who are traditionally called upon to be vaccinated against the flu and in those, younger, suffering from diseases. chronic, which are very fragile ”.
“We could start at the beginning of September, there would necessarily be a delay of at least six months between the 2nd and the 3rd injection,” he concluded.
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 47,620,552 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 70.6% of the total population) and 41,637,794 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 61.8% of the total population)