More than 13,000 contaminations were recorded two days in a row. The prefect of the Rhône is to announce additional preventive measures on Monday. The Haute Autorité de santé recommends using saliva tests for people with symptoms.

After Marseille, Bordeaux and Nice, Lyon must in turn harden its preventive arsenal in the face of the coronavirus.

In quick succession, Friday then Saturday, more than 13,000 new coronavirus contaminations were recorded by Public Health France. Everything is going very fast. The 10,000 mark was exceeded a week earlier. That of 1,000, July 23. Faced with this degenerating situation, the prefect of the Rhône must announce new restrictions on Monday, after Nice, where gatherings of more than ten people in parks and on beaches were banned on Friday, Marseille, Bordeaux and Guadeloupe.

Ile-de-France should soon follow. The regional prefects, police, Paris and the director general of the Regional Health Agency revealed in a press release Friday that the number of critical care admissions had increased by 89% in three weeks. In this context, festive or convivial gatherings on public roads “Must be avoided or declared to the prefecture if they exceed more than ten participants”.

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After Franck Riester, Emmanuelle Wargon and Brune Poirson a few months ago, a new minister declared himself positive for Covid-19 on Friday, Bruno Le Maire, in charge of the Economy. In a forum at the “JDD”, 75 members of the majority call on the French to be vaccinated against the flu this fall in order to avoid a “Epidemic cohabitation”. They also ask complementary health insurance to reimburse the influenza vaccine, including for those under 65 years of age.

The challenge of testing

The challenge for the next few days will be to improve access to tests. If the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has not reconsidered his decision to allow everyone to be tested without a prescription, certain audiences now have priority for virological PCR tests: symptomatic patients, “contact cases” or caregivers.

But as private labs are in full swing, salvation could come from the arrival of tests that don’t need to be analyzed in the lab. Olivier Véran announced Thursday that he had ordered 5 million nasopharyngeal antigen tests, which can be read without going through machines. The Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) has not yet commented on their reliability; it therefore remains an experiment in the hands of the directors of regional health agencies.

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On the other hand, the HAS on Friday recommended the use and reimbursement of saliva tests. They are less invasive than swabs from the nose, which can be essential in convincing the elderly or children to be tested. The sensitivity of these tests is a little less important, so they should be reserved for patients with symptoms.

Twice as many hospitalizations every 28 days

In its latest weekly bulletin, covering the week of September 7 to 13, the agency admits that it is struggling to estimate the speed of the virus spread due to the saturation of screening. The epidemic doubles in size every fortnight at most. With areas of acute crisis: “In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and more specifically in the Bouches-du-Rhône, viral circulation has intensified since mid-July with an almost doubling of cases every week”, writes Public Health France. The incidence rate in Marseille is 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, six times more than the alert rating.

As expected, the outbreak is starting to power up the hospital system again. The number of hospitalizations doubles in 28 days, compared to 33 days a week earlier. Nearly 600 Covid patients entered intensive care in one week. Very fragile in the face of the virus, nursing homes deplore 160 clusters, i.e. a hundred more in a week.

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