Covid-19: the virus is gradually losing ground


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If the epidemic has slowed down, the circulation of the virus is still at a level above the alert thresholds.

A medical student, with a Covid-19 antigen test, in Antibes. Illustrative photo. ERIC GAILLARD / REUTERS

The epidemic situation has improved markedly for ten days. All the indicators point to a slowdown in the circulation of the virus. “This is proof that the various social distancing measures work, judge Jean-Stéphane Dhersin, specialist in epidemic modeling at the CNRS and scientific deputy director of the National Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Which in itself is great news. We had no certainty that a lighter lockdown than in March would produce such significant results.

On the other hand, the incidence rate remains very high throughout the territory. On November 20, there were 158 patients per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days (compared to 500 three weeks ago).

The decline is visible in all age groups, but it is a little less marked among those over 80. “This is an overall decline that can be observed across the continent, analysis Antoine Flahault, epidemiologist

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