France has recorded nearly 12,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination in the past 24 hours but a declining positivity rate, according to figures from health authorities released Tuesday evening.
The number of new daily cases hovered between 12 and 18,000 last week. It was less than 6,000 on Monday, but the figure for Mondays generally marks a low due to the closing of testing labs on Sunday.
Over the past 24 hours, the number of new people testing positive for the virus has risen to 11,795.
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The positivity rate, which measures the percentage of people positive for Covid-19 out of all those tested, was 4.4% on Tuesday against 4.7% the day before, specifies Public Health France (SpF). This key indicator stood at 6.4% on December 8, when a new accounting method was introduced.
386 deaths in hospitals
The disease has killed 386 in hospitals in the past 24 hours, up from 354 Monday and 131 Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 61,702 (including 42,507 in hospital) since the start of the pandemic, according to SpF. The deaths that have occurred in nursing homes are updated in the figures for Tuesdays and Fridays, which are therefore generally higher than the figures for other days of the week.
The health authorities fear that the end of the year celebrations will lead to a rebound in the epidemic, by promoting social promiscuity.
In France, the first vaccines against Covid-19 will be administered on Sunday, after the green light given on Monday by the European Medicines Agency to the vaccine developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech.
The French strategy plans to vaccinate as a priority the elderly in nursing homes and the workers of these residences presenting risk factors, that is to say approximately 1 million people.
The authorization granted by Brussels to the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine opens the doors to the 27 countries of the EU, but each state is master of its procedures.