The viral circulation is still going strong in France. The amount of tests performed has been increasing for weeks and now exceeds 1.4 million per week, with a 15.1% positivity rate in France as of October 23, 2020.
The latest report of the Santé publique France agency states 2.073 active clusters in France, including 184 new these past 24 hours. Over 5,449 clusters have been reported since containment exit started in France.
A cluster is controlled when contacts are being followed-up and there is no new case 7 days after the last case. A cluster is closed when there is no new case 14 days after the beginning of the signs of the latest case AND the end of the two-week self-isolation of contacts.
But what is a cluster?
Health authorities speak about cluster when there are at least 3 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 contamination cases on a 7-day basis and that these cases belong to the same community or took part in the same gathering, whether they know each other or not.
Where are they at today?
As of October 21, 2020, all departments require vigilance:
As of Friday October 16, 2020 the Île-de-France reports 49 active clusters including 21 in Paris.
France and clusters as of October 12, 2020 (excluding nursing homes and limited family environment):
Since May 9, 2020, a total of 4,635 clusters including 684 in nursing homes have been recorded on a domestic basis. Among them, 1,496 (34%) are currently investigated. All in all, clusters have led to 50,550 cases (under 10% of the cases diagnosed).
Clusters investigated are mainly found in school and university environments, in nursing homes, in private or public companies and health facilities. The number of clusters identified - whether in companies, school environments or health facilities - represents a very low share of all these structures. We cannot deduce the frequency of the types of clusters identified, the current SARS-CoV-2 transmission modes in the population.
The six groups for which the proportion of clusters remain the highest are: nursing homes (73%), vunlerable communities (58%), medico-welfare establishments for disabled people (51%), health facilities (46%), penal institutions (39%) and social establishments for housing and insertion (39%).
Coronavirus in Paris-île-de-France: only 3.6% of cases are related to clusters
How is the cluster situation in Ile-de-France? As of October 15, 2020, the Parisian region totaled 49 extra clusters. 624 clusters have been reported in the region since May 8, 2020, including 157 active clusters. To keep tracking the number of clusters in Île-de-France, keep reading.
Coronavirus: in France, only 10% of cases are related to clusters
The coronavirus epidemic in France is escalating. As the country is facing a second contamination wave, Santé Publique France says only 10% of cases are related to clusters. Therefore, clusters are far from being the only factor intensifying the spread of the epidemic.