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US Coronavirus in the Alpes-Maritimes: Assessment of the confined weekend, indicators, vaccination ... We take stock of the situation

23:52  01 march  2021
23:52  01 march  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The department still has an incidence rate three times higher than the national average with 617 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants

La promenade des Anglais vide, à Nice, le 27 février 2021, lors du week-end confiné localisé et partiel © E. Martin / ANP / 20 Minutes The empty promenade of the English, in Nice, February 27, 2021, during the localized and partial confined weekend HEALTH CRISIS - The department still has an incidence rate three times higher than the national average with 617 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants

After two months of curfew and a first weekend of confinement localized, the time has come to take stock. Compliance with the new restrictions, hospital and vaccination situation, 20 Minutes takes stock of the Covid-19 epidemic in the Alpes-Maritimes .

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Assessment of the weekend confined to the 63 municipalities of the Riviera coast

"In general, the rules have been respected", announced this Monday Bernard Gonzalez, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, taking stock of the checks carried out during the week -end by the police. "Of the 21,500 people who were checked, 1,212 were fined for not wearing a mask or failing to comply with confinement, a rate of 5.6%," he said.

In Nice, 448 reports were drawn up for lack of certification, 161 for non-wearing of the mask, 22 for driving ban on the south sidewalk of the promenade des Anglais and 14 for non-compliance with the cover -fire.

"We are doing everything to avoid generalized confinement," said the prefect. This is my fight and I fight against it every day. We have to keep the curfew every day, we have to hold the lockdown next weekend. I cannot say what the situation will be afterwards, for the moment we are fighting to help the medical profession ".

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"Worrisome" indicators and reinforcements in hospitals

With an incidence rate still three times higher than the national average (617 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Friday against 222 nationally), the health indicators remain "worrying" for the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Paca. In Nice, it reached 801 last Wednesday.

The positivity rate, the percentage of positive cases compared to the number of people tested, is 10.6% against 7.6% nationally. Note that the department has a large number of people being tested, "one of the highest rates in France," according to Romain Alexandre, the departmental director of the ARS.

He specifies that the incidence rate is rising sharply for people aged 0 to 20, while for populations over 80, "there is a marked decrease".

It should be noted that reinforcements of nursing staff were sent to the Nice University Hospital as well as to Antibes. "We are staying at level 4," said the department director of the ARS. We follow the development day by day. For now, we remain in suspensions of operations with this echelon. At level 5, it will be deprogramming, like what happened in April and last ". More than 120 people are in intensive care.

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Last week, twelve patients were transferred to hospitals in Brittany and three to Marseille.

Objective 135,000 people vaccinated at the end of March

The "acceleration of vaccinations" component is in place in the department after the prefecture. "The goal is for all people over 75 to be vaccinated at the end of March and then move on to new age groups, such as 65-75 years old," said Benoît Huber, chef cabinet. Currently, 58,027 Maralpins have been vaccinated.

The three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and now AstraZeneca are distributed in the department. Professor Milou-Daniel Drici, head of the regional pharmacovigilance center Nice-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur assured that the symptoms due to the injection of AstraZeneca were "only transient" and "that they passed into taking paracetamol ”.

"Vaccination is the way to go," he concluded. For Romain Alexandre, in addition to a curfew and confinement, "it is above all essential to respect barrier gestures and to be very vigilant when in contact with others in order to be able to overcome this crisis ”.

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© Valery HACHE / AFP Despite particularly high indicators, Île-de-France continues to escape new restrictions in the face of Covid-19. A situation that generates incomprehension and annoyance in areas placed in confinement on weekends, in particular the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes, where the measure has just been extended. The government continues to opt for the status quo.

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