Many European countries have been confronted for a few weeks with a new acceleration of contaminations. This is also the case in France. “Yes, we can say that it is the seventh wave.” France has not finished with the Covid-19, confirmed this Wednesday morning Alain Fischer, president of the Orientation Council for the vaccine strategy, guest of France 2. Indeed, since the end of May, France has recorded a continuous increase in the number of new contaminations: more than 46,000 cases have been confirmed over the last seven days, according to the latest data dated June 18 – an increase of almost 50% in one week, as shown in our graph below below. A rise throughout the metropolis Whose fault is it? On the one hand, to an “immune decline”, that is to say that “the protection conferred by an infection or a dose of vaccine decreases over time”, explains explains to AFP Mircea T. Sofonea, master conferences in epidemiology at the University of Montpellier. But also the arrival of new sub-lineages of Omicron, BA.4 and above all BA.5, which is gradually replacing its counterpart BA.2, hitherto dominant in France. “It is not more severe than the other Omicron BA.1 or BA.2 variants, it is at the same level. But there are more cases so we have to deal with it”, underlines Alain Fischer. 16 departments, and in particular in the Paris region, the incidence rate – the number of cases over the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants – is already greater than 500. Above all, viral circulation is intensifying throughout the metropolis: in the Lot , the number of contaminations detected has thus more than doubled in one week, as shown in our map below. No outbreak of serious cases in the immediate future Despite this increase, most experts want to be reassuring. Guest of BFMTV-RMC this Wednesday, the former Minister of Health Olivier Véran highlighted the country’s good vaccination coverage. Until then, this seventh wave of the epidemic has not led to an outbreak of serious cases: just over 14,300 patients are currently hospitalized, up slightly over a week, as shown in our graph below. “However, as in previous waves, an overall increase in Covid-19 cases can lead to an increase in hospitalizations (…) and deaths”, nuances Alain Fischer.>> To know the complete evolution of the epidemic of Covid-19 in France, go to our dedicated page.
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