Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Covid: for Olivier Véran, the “decrease in the epidemic” has started


The Minister of Health announced this Tuesday morning that 8,300 to 8,400 resuscitation beds were occupied by Covid and non-Covid patients, or 140% of the initial capacity in beds. According to him, the epidemic is decreasing. Hospital and critical care admissions are dwindling day by day. The number of patients in intensive care stabilized around 4,900.

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced that more than 8,300 people occupied resuscitation beds.

“We have started the decline of the epidemic”. This Tuesday morning, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, questioned on BFMTV and RMC, explained that the efforts made by the French in the face of the Covid were starting to bear fruit, while refusing to lower their guard and to announce the reopening of shops or places of worship. “This means that we are still in the phase of significant active circulation, but that we are in the process of regaining control over the dynamics of the virus. This means that the government’s measures are working ”, he insisted.

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On Monday, the positivity rate for Covid tests fell to 16.5%, from 21% a few days ago. The incidence which had approached 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is now at 284 per 100,000. As for admissions to hospital and critical care, they are decreasing day by day. As a result, the number of Covid patients in intensive care stabilizes around 4,900. On the other hand, the peak of hospitalizations has not yet been passed, with more than 33,000 simultaneous Covid cases on Monday.

The resuscitation situation is therefore shaping up much better than certain scenarios envisaged by the government, on the basis of epidemiological projections. The Institut Pasteur and Public Health France had initially estimated that without confinement, there could be more than 9,000 simultaneous patients in intensive care. A projection mentioned by Emmanuel Macron when he announced the reconfinement. On November 5, Olivier Véran explained that if the latter was not effective, there would still be 7,000 patients in intensive care. If successful, there would be 6,000.

140% of initial resuscitation capacity

This Tuesday, Olivier Véran was questioned on the alarmism of his public statements, and in particular on this projection of 7,000 patients in intensive care. He defended himself by detailing the occupancy of critical care beds: 3,500 Covid patients plus 3,300 non-Covid patients in intensive care, and “Nearly 2,000” Covid cases placed in intensive care beds “That we have transformed into resuscitations”. “We are currently at around 8,300, 8,400 patients in intensive care, that is to say more than 140% of our initial capacities”, pointed out the Minister of Health. At the peak of the first wave, on April 14, we had reached 10,700 beds.

The minister added that there were more patients in the hospital than in the first wave. There are some “A little less in intensive care”, because medical care has improved, and because the curfew has been effective.

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The health situation is improving, but it is not yet time to reopen the country, explained in substance Olivier Véran. The churches remain closed, because they come in fourth position in the classification made by the magazine “Nature” of the most contaminating public places: restaurants, sports halls, bars, religious services. “It is a protective measure that is still necessary”, did he declare.

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The Minister of Health announced this Tuesday morning that 8,300 to 8,400 resuscitation beds were occupied by Covid and non-Covid patients, or 140% of the initial capacity in beds. According to him, the epidemic is decreasing. Hospital and critical care admissions are dwindling day by day. The number of patients in intensive care stabilized around 4,900.

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced that more than 8,300 people occupied resuscitation beds.

“We have started the decline of the epidemic”. This Tuesday morning, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, questioned on BFMTV and RMC, explained that the efforts made by the French in the face of the Covid were starting to bear fruit, while refusing to lower their guard and to announce the reopening of shops or places of worship. “This means that we are still in the phase of significant active circulation, but that we are in the process of regaining control over the dynamics of the virus. This means that the government’s measures are working ”, he insisted.

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On Monday, the positivity rate for Covid tests fell to 16.5%, from 21% a few days ago. The incidence which had approached 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is now at 284 per 100,000. As for admissions to hospital and critical care, they are decreasing day by day. As a result, the number of Covid patients in intensive care stabilizes around 4,900. On the other hand, the peak of hospitalizations has not yet been passed, with more than 33,000 simultaneous Covid cases on Monday.

The resuscitation situation is therefore shaping up much better than certain scenarios envisaged by the government, on the basis of epidemiological projections. The Institut Pasteur and Public Health France had initially estimated that without confinement, there could be more than 9,000 simultaneous patients in intensive care. A projection mentioned by Emmanuel Macron when he announced the reconfinement. On November 5, Olivier Véran explained that if the latter was not effective, there would still be 7,000 patients in intensive care. If successful, there would be 6,000.

140% of initial resuscitation capacity

This Tuesday, Olivier Véran was questioned on the alarmism of his public statements, and in particular on this projection of 7,000 patients in intensive care. He defended himself by detailing the occupancy of critical care beds: 3,500 Covid patients plus 3,300 non-Covid patients in intensive care, and “Nearly 2,000” Covid cases placed in intensive care beds “That we have transformed into resuscitations”. “We are currently at around 8,300, 8,400 patients in intensive care, that is to say more than 140% of our initial capacities”, pointed out the Minister of Health. At the peak of the first wave, on April 14, we had reached 10,700 beds.

The minister added that there were more patients in the hospital than in the first wave. There are some “A little less in intensive care”, because medical care has improved, and because the curfew has been effective.

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The health situation is improving, but it is not yet time to reopen the country, explained in substance Olivier Véran. The churches remain closed, because they come in fourth position in the classification made by the magazine “Nature” of the most contaminating public places: restaurants, sports halls, bars, religious services. “It is a protective measure that is still necessary”, did he declare.

As for celebrating Christmas with the family, the minister says his parents called him to ask if they had a chance to see their son around the tree. He told them that he “Wholeheartedly wish”, but that he could not “Not promise”. The only certainty, he added: there will be barrier gestures and social distance at Christmas. A new ritual.

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