More than 17,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination have occurred in the past 24 hours (Illustration) – FRED SCHEIBER / SIPA
The number of contaminations is increasing. More than 17,500 new cases of coronavirus have taken place in the last twenty-four hours, according to figures from Public Health France on Wednesday, the day after the lifting of the second confinement. Precisely 17,615 additional people tested positive, against 11,532 on Tuesday. The test positivity rate remained stable at 6.2%.
The pressure on the 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 twenty-four hours, against 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.
Nearly 41,000 hospital deaths
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 twenty-four 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”. This goal is still a long way off this Wednesday.
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