Coronavirus: in France, only 10% of cases are related to clusters

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 19 October 2020 at 17h06 · Updated on 19 October 2020 at 18h47
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.

Two months on lockdown and one summer later, here is the second coronavirus epidemic wave. France is facing a new increase in contaminations leading to more restrictions, as well as the re-implementation of the health emergency. We now know more on Covid-19 than we did for the first wave, specifically thanks to testing, far more numerous, enabling to establish statistics that refute some common preconceptions as for clusters.

We know clusters are a determining point since lockdown. Health agencies strategies consist in tracking down contact cases in order to warn them and urge them to get tested before they can contaminate anyone else. We could then figure out that clusters could represent most of contamination cases.

And yet, this Monday October 19, 2020 a release published by Santé Publique France refutes this received idea and says only 10% of contamination cases are related to clusters. In Île-de-France, particularly hit by the second coronavirus epidemic wave and where curfew has been implemented, the epidemiologic brief as of October 15, 2020 by the regional health agency said that only 3.6% of the cases reported between May 15 and October 11, 2020 are related to clusters.

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As of Tuesday December 1, 2020, France reports 3,240 coronavirus clusters currently being investigated. 100 departments in 101 are on high vigilance. The entire country is on health emergency. Mainland France is once again placed on lockdown until December 15, 2020.

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How is the cluster situation in Ile-de-France? As of November 19, 2020, the Parisian region totaled 208 active clusters. 958 clusters have been reported in the region since May 8, 2020, including 1,440 in the area including 1,186 since September 2020. To keep on tracking the number of clusters in Île-de-France, keep reading.

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