Covid-19: nearly 17,000 people hospitalized in France

While the executive has just announced new measures to curb the epidemic, the fifth wave continues to hit hospitals.

The number of Covid-19 patients continued to increase on Monday and the rate of contamination remains high, while the government has taken new measures to try to stem the strong spread of the virus.

The number of people hospitalized stands at 16,921, against 16,365 on Sunday, with 1,634 new admissions, according to data from Public Health France. The increase also concerns the number of people treated in critical care services, with 3333 patients, against 3299 the day before and 328 new admissions.

The number of new cases of contamination stands at 30,383 new cases, after 27,697 Sunday and a record of more than 100,000 Saturday, with also records of tests carried out that day.

Many pharmacies and testing centers were closed on Christmas Day and Sunday, which may explain the drop in the number of cases detected since. The total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic is 122,898.

Over 22 million booster doses administered

Since the start of vaccination, 52,752,284 people have received at least one injection (78.2% of the population) and 51,640,772 people are fully vaccinated (76.6% of the total population). « 22,446,191 people received a booster dose, » said the Directorate General of Health.

Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran have announced a reduction to three months of the time to receive a booster dose of anti-Covid vaccine, often referred to as a third dose, against four so far.

The government has also decided to return the gauges, set at 2,000 people maximum indoors and 5,000 outdoors, a compulsory use of telework in certain cases or the ban on consumption standing in bars and cafes. .

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