If the seventh wave has passed, the number of positive cases has stagnated for two weeks above 17,000 cases per day.
Falling to a two-year low, the number of Covid-19 screening tests recorded a “slight rebound” last week, according to figures released Thursday by the Ministry of Health.
The decline is marking time: with 775,000 PCR and antigen tests validated between August 22 and 28, screening activity is “slightly up” by 5% compared to the week of August 15, indicates the statistics department ( Drees) in a press release. The week of August 15, marked by a public holiday, had recorded the lowest level of testing since mid-August 2020, just before the second epidemic wave.
Two years later, the seventh wave passed but stopped receding. The number of positive cases has stagnated for two weeks above 17,000 per day (on average over 7 days), against more than 130,000 at the peak reached in mid-July, according to daily data from Public Health France.
An eighth wave in the fall
However, the trend remains downward in hospitals, where the number of “Covid patients” fell back below 15,000 at the start of the week (against more than 21,000 at the end of July), including just under 850 in critical care. Thresholds still high, on the edge of an eighth wave announced for several weeks by the health authorities.
“It is almost certain that there will be a wave in the fall”, thus advanced in mid-August Professor Brigitte Autran, president of the committee for the anticipation of health risks – which succeeded the Scientific Council.
“What we don’t know is how big it will be”, but “it will restart and there will be a vaccination campaign which will resume in the fall”, declared for his part the Minister of Health. Francois Braun last week.
Source: BFM TV