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Paris (AFP) – The SARS-Cov2 virus continues to circulate “sustained” despite the change in the curve of contaminations counted, Public Health France noted on Friday, unable to say “to date” that the peak of the rebound in the epidemic has passed.
Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Thursday that “we have passed the peak of the rebound” of the Covid-19 epidemic. The number of new contaminations “has decreased by about 5% over five days,” with an average of 140,000 to 150,000 new cases recorded daily, he added.
Asked if the peak of the rebound had been reached, the health agency estimated, during its weekly press conference, that “we cannot answer affirmatively to this question of having reached the peak of the rebound of the epidemic so far.”
“To know if we have reached the peak of the rebound of this epidemic recovery, we must have overcome it and confirm that we are in a declining phase of the epidemic,” the agency stressed.
“Changes in incidence and screening rates will have to be interpreted with caution in the coming weeks, due to the increasingly frequent use of self-tests”, unaccounted for “when they are not subject to confirmation by antigenic test or RT-PCR”. ”, Public Health France also warned in a press release.
The circulation of the virus remains “sustained”, with for example a reproduction rate always greater than 1.
“If there is a beginning to decrease in incidence and positivity in those under 20 years of age, especially in children, the trend will be confirmed in the coming weeks,” according to the health agency.
In mainland France, the incidence rate seemed to stabilize in Brittany, Grand-Est and Nouvelle-Aquitaine the week of March 28 to April 3, but increased further in the other regions.
And “we are attentive in particular to the evolution of the dynamics of the epidemic among the elderly”, whose hospitalization rate has increased, explained Public Health France during its press conference.
The increase in the number of hospital admissions has not been reflected so far in intensive care units, which treat the most serious forms of the disease and where the number of patients seems to have stabilized.
“In the current context of high circulation of SARS-CoV2 and influenza viruses, as well as their impact on the health system and in the hospital, the application of barrier gestures is essential,” the agency reaffirmed.
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