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significant rebound in indicators in hospitals

The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 in France continued to increase on Monday, and the number of patients in intensive care has rebounded significantly, according to figures released by the Directorate General of Health (DGS).

French hospitals have thus admitted 234 new patients with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, against 173 on Friday, the day of the last daily update of the DGS.

4,925 people are currently hospitalized for this reason, i.e. 97 more than Friday.

“The number of people hospitalized for COVID has been increasing for 3 weeks, especially among those under 40,” said the ministry. 34 patients were also admitted to intensive care units, against 20 on Friday.

The intensive care units have 384 people hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, i.e. 17 more than Friday. The number of people in intensive care thus rose to the level observed on July 28.

Since the peak reached on April 8, with 7,148 patients in intensive care, this figure kept falling until the end of July and has changed little since.

“Only” 493 cases in 24 hours

30,429 people have died in France since the start of the epidemic (i.e. 23 deaths since Friday), including 19,924 in hospitals and 10,505 in social and medico-social establishments (these figures, dating from last week, will be updated on Tuesday).

The number of new positive cases detected, however, fell to 493 in the last 24 hours, against more than 3,000 Saturday and Sunday according to Public Health France and more than 2,500 in the previous three days, according to figures from the ministry.

But the percentage of positive tests continued to increase, to 2.9% against 2.4% on Friday, and 21 new foci of clustered cases were detected, points out the DGS.

“In mainland France, the number of new cases of COVID per 100,000 inhabitants (incidence) is increasing in all age groups. The increase is particularly marked among 25–35 year olds,” she also observes. “Almost half of the people for whom the RT-PCR (virological) test was positive did not show any symptoms but were therefore likely to transmit COVID to their close contacts,” she adds.

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