Hospitalizations for Covid-19 have continued to increase in the past 24 hours, and 380 patients have died, according to figures released Monday, January 4 by Public Health France. The number of hospitalized Covid patients stands at 24,962 – or 182 more than on Sunday -, the highest since December 21. The number of patients in intensive care is almost stable, at 2,657, against 2,665 the day before, and 246 new admissions.
Some 4,022 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Monday, up from 12,489 on Sunday, with the start of the week figures still showing a low as fewer tests are carried out on weekends. This daily figure has varied enormously since mid-December, fluctuating between some 3,000 and more than 21,000. But still far, on average, from the government objective of going down to 5,000 cases per day.
The positivity rate, which measures the percentage of people positive for Covid-19 out of all those tested, is stable compared to Sunday, at 5.2%, after several days of increase. With 380 deaths in hospital in 24 hours (116 Sunday, 157 Saturday), the disease has now killed 65,415 people since the start of the epidemic, the health agency said.