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COVID. The coronavirus epidemic in France is intensifying with more than 84,000 new cases identified. A record of new Covid-19 contaminations in 24 hours. Olivier Véran indicated that France “will very likely exceed 100,000 contaminations per day by the end of the month”.

20:17 – “For young people, the Covid calls into question all their confidence in the future”, indicates a psychologist

In addition to attacking the immune defenses, the Covid-19 also attacks the psychology of the people it affects. A phenomenon which concerns young people in particular. “The Covid calls into question all their confidence in the future. Everything has become uncertain. They start a year and do not know if it will unfold normally. They have lost their external resources. All that could potentially do them good. has disappeared or has become complicated, “Geraldine Chanal, psychologist and general delegate of the Phare Enfants-Parents association, told Liberation newspaper. Because of the coronavirus, the association is experiencing a consultation boom, going from 680 consultations per year to “more than 1,000 consultations” this year.

19:49 – More than 16,000 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital

A few days before Christmas, 16,118 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized in France, or 42 more patients compared to the day before and up 7% in one week according to the latest report from Public Health France. Among these 16,000 patients, 3,147 patients with severe forms of the coronavirus are currently in intensive care. This is 51 more patients than the day before and an increase of 11% in one week.

7:15 p.m. – More than 84,000 new contaminations, a new record in 24 hours

The latest Covid-19 report in France reports 84,272 new contaminations on Wednesday, December 22. The figures communicated by Public Health France therefore show that the number of new cases has increased sharply since the day before (11,440), and the average contamination continues to increase: 56,883 new patients this Wednesday, against 54,232 the day before. In addition, the incidence rate continues to increase. It is now 540.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants after gaining 4.58 points in 24 hours.

18:51 – In addition to Covid-19, hospitals face other viruses

According to Public Health France, the bronchiolitis epidemic is still present in France, with 4,530 children in the emergency room for this dangerous respiratory disease for the little ones. The number of hospitalizations is falling (- 5% compared to the previous week) but it is another virus that is worrying now. The influenza virus is settling in France according to the weekly report from Public Health France. The Occitanie region has entered the epidemic phase and four regions are in the pre-epidemic phase: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Center-Val-de-Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Ile-de-France. No region was in an epidemic phase last week.

18:32 – The pressure is “extremely strong” in the hospitals of Marseille

The 5th wave of the Covid-19 epidemic continues to sweep through hospitals in France. During a press conference on Wednesday, the director general of the AP-HM (Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille), François Crémieux, indicated that the pressure is “extremely strong” in Marseille hospitals. “Today almost all of the beds available, especially in critical care, are used beds. The situation is still manageable, but we are afraid of being in the eye of the storm, between two waves, Delta and Omicron, and fear that these two waves meet in a rogue wave, “said Jean-Luc Jouve, president of the medical commission of the AP-HM.

6:10 pm – The prefect of PACA advises the cancellation of events related to the end of year celebrations

The prefect of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), Christophe Mirmant, said on Wednesday that he advised to cancel or postpone the events organized to celebrate the end of year holidays. A recommendation in connection with a possible health risk and in the midst of the fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic. No prefectural decree has been issued, which leaves the mayors of the region free to follow or not these suggestions.

17:06 – 154 deaths in hospital for Covid-19 per day

Also according to CovidTracker, there are, on average each day, 154 new hospital deaths due to Covid-19. This figure is up 20% from last week.

5:00 p.m. – 257 new critical care admissions per day

According to CovidTracker, there are, on average, 257 new critical care admissions for Covid-19 each day – a figure up from last week. In all, 3,096 people were in critical care for Covid-19 as of December 21, 11% more than last week.

16:56 – For the WHO, the recall will not be enough to stop the pandemic

During a press point this Wednesday, December 22 in Geneva, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned about the health situation, while Omicron is probably going to scale international, soon to supplant the Delta variant: “No country will be able to get out of the pandemic with booster doses and the recalls are not a green light to celebrate as we had planned”, he insisted.

A statement that comes as the French executive, which is putting a significant part of its health strategy on vaccination and the vaccine booster against Covid-19, has just opened the vaccine to 5-11 year olds and is increasing the measures to strengthen immunization coverage.

16:47 – France has canceled its order for Merck’s antiviral treatment

Olivier Véran said on Wednesday, December 22, that France had canceled its order for doses of Merck’s antiviral treatment, intended for patients at risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19. In question, disappointing results. As a reminder, Merck had indeed published, at the end of November, the results of studies which suggest that its antiviral treatment is much less effective than hoped: it would not reduce hospitalizations and deaths in patients at risk of developing a severe form of coronavirus than about 30%, then revealed the data of its clinical trial.

The French executive, however, hopes to receive the antiviral treatment from Pfizer before the end of January 2022.

16:34 – The mayor of Lyon is positive for Covid-19

Grégory Doucet announced this Wednesday, December 22 on his social networks, that he had tested positive for Covid-19. The mayor of Lyon will therefore have to isolate himself for ten days, as required by the health protocol. He calls on his constituents to continue “to remain cautious and to respect the public health rules in force, for the good of all”.

16:12 – How many French people vaccinated?

the last press release on the issue of vaccination from the Ministry of Health and Solidarity indicates that 52,592,757 people have received at least one injection of a vaccine against Covid-19, on December 21, 2021 (or 78% of the total population). At the same date, 51,515,312 people had a complete vaccination schedule (ie 76.4% of the total population).

15:46 – How many booster doses in total were given?

According to the last press release of the Ministry of Health and Solidarity, 20,556,498 booster doses were administered on December 21, 2021. “France has thus reached several days in advance the objective set by the Minister of Solidarity and Health 20 million booster shots made at Christmas, “the statement said.

15:17 – Angers Sco: cases of Covid-19 in the team

The exact number is, for the moment, unknown, but several Angers Sco players have tested positive for the coronavirus, just hours before their match against Montpellier. The rest of the team and the staff, considered as a contact case, were placed in solitary confinement: the match against Montpellier Hérault Sport Club is therefore threatened.

The departure of the team is therefore postponed, but the 19th day of Ligue 1 is, for the time being, maintained.

14:57 – Six players from Reims positive for Covid-19

A few hours before the match against OM, Stade de Reims announced in a press release that six of its players and members of the technical staff had tested positive for the coronavirus. “The four players as well as the two members of the staff were isolated and subjected to the appropriate health protocol. Their state of health does not cause any concern,” the statement said.


According to the latest data from Public Health France, communicated Wednesday, December 22, the seven-day average continues to increase, exceeding 56,883 new cases. In the past 24 hours, 170 people have died from Covid-19 in hospital. The incidence rate also continues to increase over the past 24 hours and is now 550.43 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants, ie 4.58 points more than the day before. Here is the detailed report:

According to last epidemiological point of Public Health France (SPF), published Thursday, December 16, “the progression of the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 continued, with hospital indicators still on the rise”. On average, nearly 48,700 cases were diagnosed each day and the incidence rate was 508 positive cases per 100,000 population in many regions – the incidence rate therefore exceeded those of the peaks of 2nd, 3rd and 4th wave.

Follow the evolution of the coronavirus in your town using the map below. Click on a department to display the list of municipalities. Also find all the details on this mapping and the full point by city and by department in our article on the Covid map in France.

Since mid-October 2020, Public Health France has been communicating incidence data (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) at the municipal level. The figures are at this stage communicated according to a scale (10, 20, 50, 150, 250, 500, 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). The data are expressed on a rolling week, which means that they are calculated on a day D from the tests carried out between 3 and 9 days previously. To access information relating to the coronavirus in your town, enter its name in the search engine or click on its department in the map below.

As a reminder, the incidence rate corresponds to the number of new cases of Covid-19 over a period of one week, compared to the total population of a territory (country, region, department or municipality). This indicator is generally expressed in number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The screening rate gives the number of people who have tested for the coronavirus out of the total number of inhabitants, during the period. It is also expressed most often on 100,000 inhabitants. Finally, the test positivity rate gives the percentage of positive tests for the coronavirus, compared to the total number of tests carried out over the period.


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