The summer holidays may have started for many French people, the authorities are on the verge of war. This Friday July 9, Olivier Véran thus warns, at the microphone of France Inter, against the Delta variant. This last “is 60% more contagious than the other viral strains which circulated until now and causes an increase in contaminations”. The variant will even be “soon to be the majority in our country, probably this weekend”, alerted the Minister of Health.
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital and in critical care services continued to decline on Thursday, but the number of contaminations continued its upward trend, according to data from Public Health France. In total, 7,384 Covid patients are hospitalized (including 100 new hospitalizations in 24 hours), against 7,539 on Wednesday.
And 971 serious cases are being treated in critical care services (including 26 new admissions in 24 hours), against 997 cases on Wednesday and around 2,400 a month earlier. The number of patients in critical care fell below 1,000 on Wednesday, for the first time since September 23.
But if the hospital’s numbers continue to drop, the number of cases has tended to increase again in recent days, which is attributed to the Delta variant, which is more contagious.
“We see an increase of 50 to 60% of cases from one week to another. If you do the calculation, we are at 2,500 daily cases (average over a week, note), and we can quickly go to 3,700 or 3800 in one week “, said Olivier Véran, Thursday, faced with the increase in the number of contaminations, all strains combined.