After an outbreak of contamination, the Covid-19 epidemic seems to decline and the curves of new hospital entrances stabilize in France, but “it is too early to shout victory” warns the government, faced with requests to reopen shops and the Christmas challenge.
“We are gradually resuming control but yet there are still many new patients,” said Minister of Health Olivier Véran Monday.
At the national level, pressure remains high, with nearly 33,500 people currently hospitalized, of which 4,903 are in the resuscitation services, almost all of the initial health capacity in the country.
If the number of positive cases diagnosed has decreased, the level “remains high”, the minister also noted in an interview with the group of regional newspapers Ebra.
In recent days it was between 20,000 and 30,000 cases per day. Exceptionally Monday it was particularly low, with 9,406 cases recorded. “We must continue our efforts,” added Olivier Véran, while US biotech company Moderna announced Monday that its vaccine was 94.5% effective, a second positive announcement on this front after Pfizer/Biontech last week.
The slowdown of the epidemic is beginning to have its effect on hospital entrances. Monday Public Health France reported 16,784 new hospitalizations over the last seven days, a downward trend since 9 November.
At the same time, 2,643 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the resuscitation services over the last seven days, while this indicator still exceeded 3,000 at the beginning of last week.
Uncertainties about Christmas
“It seems that there is an inflection of the curve of new cases but the hospitals are always full, the resuscitation is always full, so we are not there yet”, summarized on Europe 1 Philippe Juvin, head of emergencies at the European hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris and mayor LR of La Garennes-Colombes.
It is in this context that the government is facing the challenge of Christmas and New Years Day on the horizon. How far can family gatherings be allowed? Could the trips take place? And when will the ads fall?
“The uncertainties (…) are still too numerous to project itself precisely,” said Olivier Véran, while promising quick answers and a reduction of containment if the trajectory continues, “without (it) lift completely”. In an interview in Le Monde this weekend, Jean Castex had already closed the door “before long” to “festive, family gatherings in party rooms”.
The government is also confronted with increasingly pressing demands to reopen all businesses as soon as possible, beyond so-called “essential” goods, to save many independents from bankruptcy.
After demonstrations this weekend, in Nice and Marseille, several hundred traders, craftsmen and business leaders gathered Monday in Perpignan and Lyon.
In particular, the sector wants to be able to reopen as early as November 27, to allow traders to take advantage of the gigantic promotion operation of the “Black Friday”, a demand supported by 34 members of the majority, who wrote to Emmanuel Macron, and the president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse.
At this time, the government is talking about the possibility of a reopening on December 1, but cafes and restaurants would not be among the establishments authorized to reopen the curtain. In total, France has recorded 45,054 deaths of patients with Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic.
By CCEiT (AFP source)