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US News Covid-19: Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris ... Which cities are the most affected?

13:15  18 september  2020
13:15  18 september  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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The number of contaminations is growing steadily and some metropolitan areas are particularly affected by the outbreak.

Four months after the end of confinement, the situation is worrying in France. "The epidemic is again very active in our country", with a "dynamic" which "worries" in "certain territories", explained Thursday the Minister of Health Olivier Véran during a press conference which will be now weekly.

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The number of contaminations is growing steadily, with more than 10,000 cases in 24 hours according to Thursday night's figures, a record level since the launch of large-scale tests. An increase that is starting to be felt on hospitalizations and resuscitation. But some areas are more affected than others. As evidenced by a list, unveiled by Olivier Véran, which includes 14 metropolitan cities and two overseas departments facing active circulation of the virus.

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Incidence rate, intensive care beds

It says that Marseille is ranked first. The incidence rate in Marseille is the highest: 279 (that is to say 279 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), and 189 for the elderly. The situation is also particularly worrying in Guadeloupe. The proportion of Covid patients in intensive care is now 44%, giving rise to fears, in the event of health degradation, of future saturation of hospitals.

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Same concern in Lyon and Nice, where the incidence rate is respectively four times and three times higher than the "rating of alert "of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Faced with this situation, the prefects will have to propose "by Saturday" measures for the two metropolises, said Olivier Véran. These measures will no doubt be similar to those announced last week in Bordeaux and Marseille: ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in parks or on beaches, lowering of the maximum level for public events to 1,000 people, or even cancellation of large events.

Towards "even stronger" measures?

And "if the health situation does not improve" in Marseille and Guadeloupe - where restrictions have also been adopted - "it will undoubtedly be necessary to take even stronger measures", warned the Minister of Health. He notably cited "the possible closure of bars" or "the ban on public gatherings".

These announcements respond to the government's desire not to apply the same measures uniformly in France, but to "adapt them to each territory". This is one of the "four pillars" of its strategy. The other three are barrier gestures (including the mask), the triptych "test, alert, protect", and "protection of the elderly and the most vulnerable".

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