Covid-19: the first lessons from the massive screening carried out in Le Havre


DECRYPTION – In six days, 11% of the population of the city and surrounding municipalities was tested. For what assessment?

The first “massive screening” operation conducted in France from December 14 to 19 in the greater Le Havre area is instructive.

First element: the campaign, which seemed to be treading on its beginnings, was finally well followed by the inhabitants. In just six days, 11% of the population of Le Havre and the surrounding municipalities went to the 82 sites open for the occasion, including 20 ephemeral centers such as gymnasiums and party rooms. Perhaps the test campaign lacked publicity before its launch, but the operation, mounted in less than three weeks, has apparently benefited from word of mouth to drive a few more people every day. to come get tested.

For comparison, this is twice the “Liverpool rhythm”, indicates Thomas Deroche, the director general of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Normandy. It had indeed taken six weeks across the Channel for 30% of the 500,000 inhabitants to be tested.

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