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World Covid-19: increase in hospitalizations and resuscitations, Macron calls for vigilance

10:25  18 august  2020
10:25  18 august  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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"The number of people hospitalized for COVID has been increasing for 3 weeks, especially among those under 40," said the Ministry of Health.

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The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 in France continued to increase on Monday, and the number of patients in intensive care has rebounded significantly, according to figures published by the Directorate General of Health (DGS). French hospitals have thus admitted 234 new patients with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, against 173 on Friday, the day of the last daily update of the DGS.

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4,925 people are currently hospitalized for this reason, 97 more than Friday. "The number of people hospitalized for COVID has been rising for three weeks, especially among those under 40," said the ministry. 34 patients were also admitted to intensive care units, against 20 on Friday.

384 intensive care hospitalizations

The intensive care units have 384 people hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, or 17 more than on Friday. The number of people in intensive care thus rose to the level observed on July 28. Since the peak reached on April 8, with 7,148 patients in intensive care, this figure has continued to drop until the end of July and has changed little since.

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Increase among 25-30 year olds

The number of new positive cases detected has, however, fallen to 493 over the past 24 hours, against more than 3,000 on Saturday and Sunday according to Public Health France and more than 2,500 during the previous three days, according to ministry figures. But the percentage of positive tests continued to increase, to 2.9% against 2.4% on Friday, and 21 new foci of clustered cases were detected, points out the DGS.

"In metropolitan France, the number of new cases of COVID per 100,000 inhabitants (incidence) is increasing in all age groups. The increase is particularly marked among 25-35 year olds," she also observes. "Almost half of the people for whom the RT-PCR (virological) test was positive did not have any symptoms but were therefore likely to transmit COVID to their close contacts," she adds.

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This statistic shows the number of patients hospitalized due to COVID - 19 coronavirus infection in France as of August 7, 2020, split down by department.

Macron calls for vigilance

Faced with the health crisis, Emmanuel Macron called on the French on Monday to be vigilant "in the face of a virus that is re-accelerating" and to "unity" by participating in the anniversary ceremony of the release of Bormes-les-Mimosas (Var), the town in which fort Brégançon is located, owned by the State where he spends his holidays. "At a time when our country, like many others, is going through an unprecedented crisis, the health crisis requires that we all protect each other, that we are each responsible for all," said the Head of State.

"We will have, in the coming weeks, to continue to face a health crisis which takes a different form; the virus is accelerating, so we need a lot of vigilance", he added at the end of the ceremony. "We must redouble our attention to vulnerable people (...), but without isolating them", he said.

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