In France, the Covid-19 continues to put hospitals under pressure.
The total number of hospitalized patients has now reached 26,526 - up from 25,776 on Monday.
Among them, 3,509 have been admitted in the past 24 hours.
The previous Tuesday, 23,371 people were hospitalized.
The critical care services, which receive the most serious cases, had 3,881 Covid patients on Tuesday (including 367 new entries), against 3,913 the day before and 3,969 seven days earlier.
The number of daily admissions of patients diagnosed positive in critical care (on average over the past week) fell back below 300, down 14% over one week.
The number of daily admissions of patients diagnosed with #Covid19 in critical care (on average over the past week) fell below 300, down 14% over one week.
— Nicolas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) January 18, 2022
"I think we have reason to be optimistic today," said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Tuesday.
“We see that the Delta wave has really regressed, that the circulation tends to slow down, and that in the regions where the Omicron wave started first, in particular in Ile-de-France, there is what seems to be the beginning of a 'a decline,' he noted on CNews.
The daily number of new cases of contamination recorded amounts to 464,769. Infections have experienced a meteoric rise under the pressure of the extremely contagious Omicron variant.
But one hope has been confirmed in recent weeks: Omicron is less dangerous than previous incarnations of the virus.
It causes fewer hospitalizations, both because populations are better vaccinated and because it is in itself less virulent.
The epidemic has caused the death of 289 people in 24 hours, according to data from the authorities published on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in France since the start of the pandemic, almost two years ago, to 127,554.
In the field of vaccination, 53,649,830 million people have received at least one injection (79.6% of the total population) and 52,329,034 million now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 77.6% of the total population ).
Some 32,421,168 million people received a booster dose.