The essentials The Minister of Health Olivier Véran took stock of the health situation, which he described as “tense and worrying”. He returned to the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine in several countries and the situation of the hospitals in Île-de-France, announcing numerous upcoming patient transfers.
In the government release on the Covid-19 epidemic, the French will have noticed for a year that three levels were of decreasing importance: a speech by the president for the most important announcements of the containment type, a press conference by Prime Minister Jean Castex, surrounded by several Ministers to announce new measures, tighten the screws on existing ones or … the status quo; and finally a technical press conference only with the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
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This Thursday evening we were therefore at this last level, the lowest, which therefore did not imply any major announcements regarding the curfew or the weekend lockdown in several regions. Olivier Véran gave an overview of the epidemic situation he considered “tense and worrying”, particularly in Île-de-France, one of the three French regions hardest hit by the Hauts-de-France and the French Riviera of the Provence-Alpes .
An Ile de France resident in intensive care every 12 minutes
“Health pressures are now reaching similar levels as they were before the peak of the second wave,” said Olivier Véran. In Île-de-France, where detention is currently excluded, the incidence rate reaches 350 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week and exceeds 400 in Val-de-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis.
“Every 12 minutes, a Parisian is admitted to the intensive care unit day and night. This Thursday evening there are 1080 patients being cared for there, almost the peak of the second wave, and if the pace continues the same, we will exceed 1,500 Covid patients in the intensive care unit in Île-de-France by the end of the year, which is a critical month in March Threshold for hospitals in this region, ”said the minister.
“Dozens or even hundreds” of patients could be relocated from Île-de-France to other regions “by the end of the week,” announced Olivier Véran.
Variants are the norm
National “Since January and the spread of variants, the proportion of severe forms has increased in several regions. We can therefore say that the variants are more contagious but also more dangerous and account for more than two thirds of the contamination in France, ”estimates Olivier Véran.
Given this situation, the government is still dependent on vaccinations, the implementation of which has been heavily criticized by the French. 286,000 French received a vaccine injection within 24 hours; More than four million people received a first injection and more than two million French people received a second injection. “This weekend and all of next week we will continue our efforts and focus on the hardest hit regions,” says Véran, who does not intend to suspend the AstraZeneca vaccine amid controversy.
“Out of 5 million Europeans, 30 people had bleeding disorders. Neither France, Europe nor Germany consider that there is an increased risk, “said the minister, who stated that” all vaccines ordered will arrive today and tomorrow (760,000 doses) and all orders have been fulfilled. “”