Covid-19: increasingly tense situation in Île-de-France
INFOGRAPHICS – With ever more worrying figures, is the Paris region heading towards new confinement? The eight departments are above the alert threshold for the incidence rate, the number of cases is increasing and the places in intensive care are in high tension.
The evolution of Covid-19 cases in Île-de-France worries the authorities. While weekend containment measures were decided in the Alpes-Maritimes, Pas-de-Calais and Dunkirk, the entire Paris region could be subject to new restrictions, depending on of the evolution of the figures.
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Since the end of January, there has in fact been an increase in the incidence rate (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) in Île-de-France compared to the national average, which has even been declining since the end of January. February 25. New phenomenon, because since November 2020, the curves had evolved in the same way. Then the dropout accelerated from February 15. It now translates into a gap that has never been greater. As of March 13, the national incidence rate appears at 250, that of the region at 419.
“ The situation is very worrying with an English variant of the coronavirus, which is more contagious […] which has taken over and is spreading much faster “, Warned Monday on France Inter the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, unfavorable last week, like the president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, to a weekend confinement on its territory.
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Among the eight departments of the region, the Seine-Saint-Denis is the most affected, with an incidence rate of 499, well above the maximum alert threshold set at 250 by the government. With her, four other departments, the Val de Marne, the Val d’Oise and the Seine et Marne and theEssonne are above the regional average (at 419) and well above the national average (250).
As a corollary, the hospitalization curve is also on an upward slope. However, at the national level, we have also seen a drop in the figures, admittedly chaotically, but certain, for a month. With 5,907 patients hospitalized in Île-de-France, the region accounts for nearly a quarter of all hospitalizations for Covid in France, while it represents less than 20% of the French population.
Logically, the number of patients in intensive care is on the rise in the region. After having approached the bar of 500 patients treated in these services at the 2020-21 hinge, there are almost double today. With 1177 patients on March 16 in the various intensive care units in Ile-de-France for “ less than 1050 beds “Available,” we are in a situation of very strong tension “Aurélien Rousseau, director general of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), told AFP. As a result, the ARS gave “ the order closes »Hospitals and clinics to deprogram 40% of their least urgent medical and surgical activities to increase capacity, with a target now set at 1,577 intensive care beds.