US News Coronavirus in Hérault: After Lunel and Cournonterral, should we fear a boom in Covid-19 cases?
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Several sectors of the department are affected by an increase in the incidence rateEPIDEMIA - Several sectors of the department are affected by an increase in the incidence rate
is not in the list of departments "under surveillance", unveiled by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on February 25. But in recent days, on the Hérault front, some news is not good: in several sectors of the department, the incidence rates of have exploded.
In the town of Lunel, for example, the figure doubled in one week, from 202 (per 100,000 inhabitants) on February 20 to 404 on February 28. And in Cournonterral, where was held on February 17, despite the ban, theit jumped from 200 to 704, pointed out the prefect of Hérault, Jacques Witkowski, on Tuesday.
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The number of patients in intensive care remained at a high level Thursday © JM HAEDRICH / SIPA Coronavirus: More than 25,000 new cases and 261 deaths in 24 hours (Illustration ) EPIDEMIC - The number of patients in intensive care remained at a high level Thursday The numbers of hospitalizations for Covid-19 and patients in intensive care remained at high levels on Thursday, even if the number of contaminations decreased compared to the day before , according to data from Public Health France (
So, should we fear for the Hérault? For now, while some areas of the department have seen their indicators soar, the average incidence rate is 184. This is less than in Gard (199) and Haute-Garonne (192). And much less than the average in France (222). The metropolis of Montpellier is even one of the large agglomerations in France where the incidence rate is the lowest (148).
But, lamented the mayor, Michaël Delafosse (PS), Monday, "we have seen a worrying rise for four or five days". "The epidemic does not always evolve homogeneously within the departments themselves," says Pierre Ricordeau, director general of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Occitanie. L’Hérault is a department whose incidence has tended to increase, but it started from relatively low compared to other departments in the region. It is now in the upper average for the region, with, indeed, localized difficulties, such as the Lunellois, but also the Biterrois. The director of the ARS says he is "vigilant" about these situations.
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"The situation is worsening in a worrying way" in Lunel
According to figures published this Tuesday by the ARS, if the number of hospitalizations of people affected by Covid-19 is down slightly in Hérault (226, a less than February 26), the number of patients placed in intensive care or critical care increased: 61, against 55 on February 26. In addition, 11 more deaths in four days are to be deplored in health establishments in Hérault, or 656 since the start of the epidemic, almost a year ago. This is the most serious toll in Occitania.
In Lunel, the prefect has put in place several measures to try to stem the worrying progression of the virus: preventive actions are carried out among residents, police checks have been reinforced and schools in Lunell have been given priority for. Additional doses of vaccine will also be sent to Lunellois. "The situation is worsening in a worrying way in this part of the territory, with an acceleration of the spread of the virus", had alerted the prefecture, Monday.
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The number of deaths, like that of intensive care admissions, is on the rise © FRED SCHEIBER / SIPA Coronavirus: 379 deaths in 24 hours in France (Illustration) EPIDEMIC - The number of deaths, like that of admissions in intensive care, is on the rise In twenty-four hours, 379 patients of coronavirus died in hospital, according to data from Public Health France released on Monday. A rising figure, like that of patients admitted to intensive care, which has risen above the 3,500 mark.
"The weekend is quite crucial"
For Jacques Reynes, head of the infectious diseases department at the Montpellier University Hospital, the coming days will be decisive for the Hérault department. "but very recently, in Occitania, and in particular around Montpellier," confides the professor to 20 Minutes. And obviously, this variant has stronger propensities for extension than the original virus, and therefore, we risk facing, within ten to fifteen days, an increase in Covid-19 cases, increased by the problem of two or three foci, probably linked to festivals, which exist today in the Hérault. "
The risk, continues Jacques Reynes, is that people affected by Covid-19 in these clusters, in Lunel or Cournonterral," move ". "The weekend is quite crucial," resumes the professor. If we are not yet confined, the danger is that these people, who have belonged, or who belong, to the homes, will travel for errands or for walks ... And that this will spread the virus. "
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