Today, Sunday, government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, warned of the development of the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France, considering the elements that could worry and others that could give confidence. “This fifth wave begins in an impressive way,” Gabriel Attal was quoted by AFP as saying.
In the past seven days, the average number of daily cases of Covid-19 has doubled, recording 17,153 new infections on Saturday compared to 9458 on the previous Saturday 12. More than the number of daily cases in the same proportions.
The question now is to understand whether the growth of infection will lead to increased hospitalizations, as in previous vacancies. At the moment, this is not the case, which the authorities attribute to vaccination, which is still very effective in preventing severe forms of the disease. Almost 75 percent of the total population in France has been fully vaccinated.
On Saturday, 7,974 patients with Covid-19 were hospitalized, including 1,333 in intensive care units, up from 6,500 and 1,000, respectively, in the previous month.
“We see that there is a very strong increase in infections, but we also know that in France we have a very wide vaccination coverage. [e] We are far ahead of our neighbors in boosting vaccination,” stressed the government spokesperson, praising the implementation of digital certification in July, when most of France’s neighboring countries did so later.
With the digital certification, Gabriel Atal added, the government is assuming “this choice is to place restrictions on unvaccinated people rather than vaccinated people.” Currently, a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is being given to people over 65 and at serious health risk, with the booster dose available on December 1 for the 50-64 age group.
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