The fifth Covid wave has reached Île-de-France and specifically Paris where the incidence rate now reaches 258.5 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, according to public data issued this November 23 by Santé Publique France, namely above the “maximal alert” threshold set at 250 cases for 100,000 inhabitants by the authorities.
Therefore, Paris is the hardest-hit department in Île-de-France and the eighth one in France, following Ardèche, Haute-Corse, Bouches-du-Rhône, Haut-Rhin, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées and Lot-et-Garonne.
For the record, last year, beyond this tipping point, restrictions were systematically made by the government, such as the closing of bars and restaurants, limited gatherings and implementation of curfew. As for likely new measures, we must wait for the Defense Council report and Olivier Véran’s Thursday November 25, 2021 press brief.
Comparatively, this threshold close to 259 cases for 100,000n inhabitants is equal to those recorded in the French capital city when the fourth wave peaked this past July. In barely three weeks, the incidence rate moved from 78 as of November 1 to 258.5 to date. And yet, unlike the previous wave, this rise in the incidence rate is not currently passed by saturation of the Paris hospitals, although hospitalizations and admissions in ICU are increasing.
The increase in new Covid cases is particularly obvious in the 20-40 age group recording a rate over 300 for 100,000 inhabitants. But the youngest, children and teens, are also hit.