New contaminations are therefore no longer progressing from one week to the next, as has been the case for several weeks, the current wave having been favored by the context of the start of the school year at the end of the summer.
According to the most up-to-date figures, those of Wednesday, just over 63,000 contaminations have been recorded, against almost 68,000 a week earlier. However, this stabilization is still too early to translate into hospitalizations and deaths, which are still on the rise. In the week of October 10 to 16, 390 people died from Covid in hospitals or other health establishments, compared to 318 the previous week.
Timid vaccination campaign
In addition, the lull in contamination is not general and the incidence rate remains “increasing among the oldest”, those most at risk of a serious form. People over 60, as well as other at-risk categories, have been encouraged to receive a booster dose since October, as a new generation of vaccines adapted to current variants of Covid arrives in pharmacies.
But this vaccination campaign is currently only meeting with limited success, while the prospect of a seasonal flu epidemic also threatens in the coming months. Health authorities strongly encourage people at risk to receive both vaccines, if possible on the same occasion.
Another epidemic does not seem to be stabilizing: the bronchiolitis epidemic, which has spread to almost all of mainland France, detailed the health authorities this Wednesday, October 19.