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COVID. The coronavirus in France kills dozens every day and millions of infected every week. The figures seem to show a stabilization of the Covid epidemic, the scenario feared by the health authorities.

  • The coronavirus epidemic is still circulating very actively in France. This Tuesday, January 25, the health situation is not good, the long-awaited peak has clearly not passed. According to Public Health France, the incidence rate is 3,674.63 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 393 deaths are to be deplored only in the hospital and over 24 hours. The seven-day average of new contaminations seems to be stabilizing: 360,912 new cases, against 360,007 the day before. The detailed assessment can be found in our dedicated article Covid figures in France.
  • The 5th therefore continues, and the long-awaited decline in new daily cases is long overdue. Several virologists, who were hoping for the British scenario – a rapid decrease in new contaminations after the peak – fear that France will face a much longer wave with a long plateau of contaminations over weeks, as observed in Denmark. Is the epidemic reinforced by the start of the school year? By the appearance of a sub-variant of Omicron? Further responses are awaited. “In the UK, the number of new Covid-19s is halving every seven days. France was expected to follow in the UK’s footsteps, with a two-week lag: it’s not the case. And the new variant could be at the origin of the very recent increase in contaminations that we are observing”, analyzed in particular the epidemiologist Antoine Flahault at the Depeche du Midi.
  • The vaccination pass came into force in France yesterday: it is now compulsory to be vaccinated, a negative test is no longer valid to claim the pass.


08:35 – Olivier Véran: “We are not on the other side of the wave”

The Minister of Health, invited this Tuesday morning from LCI, gave information on the epidemic situation in France: We are not on the other side of the wave, we have not passed the peak even if in certain regions it’s already the case. […] In other regions, it’s a matter of a few days”. Olivier Véran was optimistic, and considers that the government did not rush to announce the lifting of restrictions, despite a very significant circulation of the virus: ” We are in the process of crushing this variant”, he declared. “We have chosen to favor the freedom of movement of the French, where several countries around us have adopted tougher measures”, he said. he assumed, affirming that with hindsight “the health situation in France is not degraded compared to that of the neighbors who have made these choices”.

08:30 – Hospital pressure still very much observed

The executive now insists, whenever speaking on the Covid-19, on the importance of monitoring the situation in the hospital to change health protocols and restrictions on public freedoms. And last night’s figures are not good: 9,748 people are currently hospitalized, i.e. 910 more in 24 hours with Covid-19, 3,776 people are currently in intensive care, i.e. 16 more than the day before.

08:22 – The coronavirus epidemic is actively circulating among adolescents

The figures from Public Health France clearly show that the epidemic is not about to stop its circulation: among 10-19 year olds, the incidence rate now exceeds 6,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, or 6 new cases per 100 inhabitants. Never had such a level of incidence been observed in France. It is beyond 4000 for children under 9 years old, and for all age groups up to 50 years old.

01/24/22 – 11:57 p.m. – Île-de-France is an exception in mainland France

According to a map published on the Twitter account of Guillaume Rozier, founder of CovidTracker, Île-de-France is an exception in mainland France: We are seeing a drop in the number of cases.

01/24/22 – 11:39 p.m. – To know everything about the vaccination pass

This Monday, January 24, the vaccine pass came into effect in France. It replaces the health pass for everyone over 16 years old. If you want to know everything, understand everything about this new pass, you can read our article on the subject by clicking on this link.

01/24/22 – 11:17 p.m. – Réunion is the department with the highest incidence rate

The latest coronavirus figures were released by Public Health France this Monday, January 24, 2022. Reunion has the highest incidence rate in France. Thus, it is 5,081.06 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In contrast, Mayotte has the lowest incidence rate with 441.91 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

01/24/22 – 10:49 p.m. – More than 34 million booster doses have been performed

The Ministry of Solidarity and Health has released the latest vaccination figures as of January 24. Thus, 34,039,488 booster doses were administered. in addition, 53,833,041 first injections were performed.

01/24/22 – 10:15 p.m. – Christiane Taubira clarifies her position on vaccination

While a few weeks ago she had refused to call on the population to be vaccinated, Christiane Taubira clarified her position on the question on the set of C à vous on France 5: “Today, the vaccine is the only and best solution.” On the other hand, she wonders about the restrictions of freedoms of the vaccination pass, and to clarify: “In fact the vaccination pass, it is a vaccination obligation. I think that the President of the Republic could have taken the decision of a vaccination obligation.

01/24/22 – 21:45 – The incidence rate has increased by more than 20% in one week

On his Twitter account, the Parisian journalist Nicolas Berrod warns of the sharp increase in the incidence rate “by at least 20% in one week in almost all age groups”. And to clarify: “It is among 10-19 year olds that it is highest, then among young adults and children under 10 (week of January 15 to 21).”

01/24/22 – 21:14 – Screening decreases among adolescents

Based on the data of the day from Public Health France, Nicolas Berrod, journalist at Le Parisien, reported on his Twitter account the drop in the number of tests on his Twitter account: “Screening has collapsed among children and adolescents, surely partly due to the more massive use of self-tests (which do not appear in SI-DEP) with the new health protocol. And to clarify: “It now seems to be stabilizing in all age groups.”

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Here is the latest assessment of the coronavirus in France according to data updated daily by Public Health France and available on Data.gouv. Figures as of January 24, 2022:

  • 108,481 more cases confirmed by PCR (Ehpad included)
  • 129,022 deaths in total (including nursing homes), or 393 more
  • 101,723 deaths in hospital, 393 more
  • 27,299 deaths in nursing homes (not updated)
  • 29,748 people currently hospitalized, i.e. 910 more
  • 3,776 people currently in intensive care, i.e. 16 more
  • 3,353 new hospital admissions (+2,259) and 337 in intensive care (+194)
  • 498,806 people discharged from hospital, i.e. 1,966 more
  • Test positivity rate: 31.01%, i.e. 0.90 points more
  • Incidence rate: 3,674.63 cases/100,000, i.e. 74.84 points more

According to last epidemiological point from Public Health France (SPF), published Thursday January 20, “the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 remained very intense, with a less marked increase in the number of cases and still significant hospital pressure” in week 02 (January 10-16 ). The incidence rate was over 3,000 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • In mainland France, the incidence rate corrected increases in week 02 and goes to 3,098 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (vs 2,854 in S01, i.e. +9%). The incidence rate exceeded 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants among those under 60 and remained highest among 10-19 year olds (5,506, +20%). It has increased the most among 0-9 year olds (4,012, +56%) and among those aged 90 and over (1,034, +20%). The screening rate was also highest among children: 20,633 among 10-19 year olds (-8%) and 19,082 among 0-9 year olds (-2%). The screening rate was down in all age groups. All ages combined, it was 12,766/100,000 (-11%). As for the positivity rate, it continued to increase with almost one in four tests positive in S02 (24.3%, +4.4 points).
  • The number of new cases diagnosed per day also increases sharply. In S02, there were 2,079,348 new confirmed positive cases, compared to 1,915,487 in S01. The effective reproduction rate of the virus stood at 1.27. The test positivity rate was also up (24.3%, vs 19.1% in S01, i.e. +4.4 points).
  • The number of new hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients decreased very slightly in S02. Indicators by date of admission reported 13,787 new hospitalizations (compared to 13,787, or -1%) and 1,844 new admissions to critical care units (compared to 12,280 in S01, or -19%).
  • The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is the majority in France, identified in 96% of tests by sequencing.
  • Vaccination against Covid-19 is still progressing: as of January 18, 2022, 78.0% of the total population had received a complete primary vaccination. 61.2% of those aged 18 and over had received a booster dose (72.2% among those eligible) and 78.8% among those aged 65 and over (87.6% among those eligible).

Follow the evolution of the coronavirus in your municipality thanks to the map below. Click on a department to display the list of municipalities. Also find all the details on this cartography and the complete point by city and by department in our article on the Covid map in France.

Click on a department to consult the list of its cities.

Since mid-October 2020, Public Health France has been communicating incidence data (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) at 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 is expressed over a rolling week, which means that it is calculated on a D-day from tests carried out between 3 and 9 days previously. To access information relating to the coronavirus in your municipality, 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 as the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The screening rate gives the number of people having carried out a screening test for the coronavirus out of the total number of inhabitants, during the period. It is also most often expressed per 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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