reflux of the 7th wave, deaths and hospitalizations still at a high level

The seventh wave of the Covid-19 epidemic is showing a decline in France, but with hospitalizations still at a high level and deaths continuing to increase, according to the weekly update from the French public health agency, published on Friday.

After six straight weeks of increase, “the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 decreased throughout the territory” the week of July 11 to 17, “however still at a very high level”, with around 90,000 new cases daily, says the health agency.

In hospitals, the decline is also evident, but new admissions (over 7,900) and new admissions to critical care (around 740) have remained at high levels, especially for the over 70s.

For deaths, their number continued to increase in hospital, with 590 in the past week.

The current wave is carried by sub-variants of Omicron, notably BA.5, which is now the majority. Three cases of a closely watched new member of the Omicron family, BA.2.75 -nicknamed “Centaur”-, have been detected in France (in Martinique, in Occitanie, in the Grand Est).

Stressing that vaccination coverage “remains insufficient”, especially among the oldest, Public Health France called for it to be increased. Only 39.5% of people aged 80 and over and 45.4% of eligible nursing home residents had received the second booster dose by July 18.

In addition, both the government and the High Authority for Health opposed the reintegration of caregivers not vaccinated against Covid-19, thus joining a similar opinion published mid-week by the French Academy of Medicine, which judged that a “turnaround” would harm the “climate of trust” between caregivers and with patients, for fragile patients, without solving the difficulties of the hospital.

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