Contaminations continue to soar in France.
This Saturday, Public Health France counted 22 new deaths due to Covid-19, as well as 22,767 new infections, confirming the concerns of the authorities due to the progression of the contagious variant Delta.
In detail, the health institute counts 6,787 people currently hospitalized following contamination with Covid-19, against 6,802 on Friday, and 6,922 seven days ago.
Of this total, 878 people are treated in critical care, against 872 on Friday, and 890 seven days ago.
Twenty-two new deaths have also been recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the total of Covid-19 deaths to 111,638 since the start of the epidemic in France.
22,767 new positive cases were identified in 24 hours, or 17,510 per day on a sliding average (+ 162% in one week).
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Regarding contamination, Public Health France recorded 22,767 this Saturday, against 21,493 Friday, and 10,949 seven days ago.
This increase in contamination has been observed for a little over a week now.
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"We will arrive at 50,000 cases probably at the beginning of August," warned Professor Jean-François Delfraissy on Friday, while the pandemic is also blazing in the rest of Europe and in the United States.
"For the first time in 15 weeks", the increase in cases is accompanied by "a net increase in the rate of hospitalizations (+ 55%) and the number of patients admitted to critical care services (+ 35%)" , warned the French public health agency (SPF) in its weekly report.
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Even if many of the new cases concern young populations, "it is not possible to let the virus run" to achieve collective immunity, explained during a press briefing Laetitia Huiart, scientific director at SPF.
To block the Delta variant, which is "extremely contagious", we must "strongly encourage vaccination to avoid a sharp increase in hospitalized patients and possible hospital tensions," she added.