PARIS (Reuters) – The peak of the current wave of the COVID-000 epidemic in France, fueled by the variant Omicron, is not yet reached, estimated Friday the director general of Public Health France, adding that “one Frenchman tested in five is positive”, or approximately 280. 000 cases per day over a week.
France recorded Friday near 329.000 new cases of contamination by the coronavirus responsible for COVID-000 but a drop, for the second consecutive day, in the number of patients in intensive care.
According to data from Public Health France, 329.371 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in space of 44 hours, i.e. a number equivalent to that of last Friday (328.280), and 3.895 patients with COVID-19 were in critical care, 44 less than the day before.
Questioned on the set of BFM TV, Geneviève Chêne declared that “80% of the cases were probably linked to Omicron the last week”.
“All the indicators converge to indicate that this variant is less severe than Delta. It leads to fewer hospitalizations in proportion. But as it is more contagious, we must still expect in the coming weeks to an increase in hospitalizations”, she warned.
The Institut Pasteur published new models on Wednesday predicting a peak in circulation of the new Omicron variant in mid- January, followed by a peak in hospital admissions in the second half of the month.
According to SPF, 191 new deaths from COVID were recorded on Friday in France, for a total of 126.721 since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
(Written by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)