Covid-19: circulation of the virus and hospitalizations on the rise

It is currently difficult to obtain the precise number of Covid cases due to the strike carried out in the biology laboratories. But pharmacies show a resumption of positive cases.

The Covid-19 epidemic, which experienced a brief lull in France after a wave at the start of autumn, is starting up again, detailed this Friday thepublic health agencyin an already tense context, between bronchiolitis and the arrival of the flu.

“Resumption of circulation” of the virus

Last week was marked by a “resumption of circulation” of the coronavirus and an increase in hospitalizations and admissions to critical care, summarized Public Health France, in its weekly report on the epidemic.

However, it is currently difficult to obtain precise details of the number of cases in France, due to a social movement by biology laboratories. But the national incidence rate for all tests combined appears to be on the rise, as is that of antigenic tests for all age groups.

Care for suspected Covid has increased by 6% for 15-44 year olds cared for by SOS Médecins associations. Emergency room visits for suspected Covid have increased by 13% for all ages.

The number of emergency visits for suspicion of Covid-19 is on the rise again according to the weekly update of November 24, 2022 from Public Health France
The number of emergency visits for suspicion of Covid-19 is on the rise again according to the weekly update of November 24, 2022 from Public Health France © OSCOURS – Public Health France

First recovery since summer

This marks the end of a brief lull in the epidemic in recent weeks. The latest wave had hit the country at the end of the summer, in a context favored by the start of the school year.

The current rebound is already reflected in an “upward recovery in new hospitalizations and admissions to critical care”, after “four weeks of decline”, underlines Public Health France.

Last week, 4,210 people were hospitalized with a diagnosis of Covid, an increase of 6%.

The fear of a “tripledemia”

If the total number of hospitalized patients (less than 19,000) remains well below the highest levels observed this year, this recovery risks testing an already very difficult health system.

The bronchiolitis epidemic, which mainly affects babies, has been on an unprecedented scale for ten years.

And that of seasonal flu, although still undeclared, promises to be earlier than usual and raises fears of the impact of a “tripledemia”.

The vaccination reminder still relevant

In this context, while recalling the importance of barrier gestures such as wearing a mask in closed and very busy places, Public Health France encourages the French to update their anti-Covid vaccination.

This provides, since the beginning of October, a booster dose for people at risk, which include in particular all those over 60 years of age.

Among those aged 60-79, only 31.2% are considered protected by vaccination, compared to only 12% among those aged 80 and over, according to data from the health agency as of November 21.

Juliette Desmonceaux with AFP

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