More than 17,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination have taken place in the past 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health France on Wednesday, the day after the second confinement was lifted.
Precisely 17,615 additional people tested positive, against 11,532 on Tuesday. The test positivity rate remained stable at 6.2%.
Fewer patients in shifts
The pressure on resuscitation services continues to ease since they welcomed 2,840 patients with Covid-19 on Wednesday, against 2,871 the day before. Admissions were 220 in the last 24 hours, compared to 211 the day before. The number of patients in intensive care, useful for assessing the pressure on hospital services, had fallen below 3,000 last Thursday for the first time since the end of October.
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The total number of people hospitalized stands at 25,282 (including 1,664 new admissions), a relatively stable figure compared to Tuesday (25,207).
In the past 24 hours, 292 people have died in hospital, bringing the total deaths since the outbreak began last March to 59,361, including 40,942 in hospital.
The second lockdown, in effect since October 30, was lifted on Tuesday and replaced by a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. On October 29, President Emmanuel Macron affirmed that “our long-term objective is simple: to reduce contamination very strongly, from 40,000 contaminations per day to 5,000”.