Coronavirus: "The health situation is preoccupying", Olivier Véran’s statements as of Thursday March 11

Published by Alexandre G., Rizhlaine F., Manon C. · Photos by My B. · Published on 12 March 2021 at 11h56
This Thursday March 11, at 6 p.m. French Health Minister Olivier Véran delivered a new coronavirus epidemic report, addressing the deteriorating situation in the three hardest-hit regions: Hauts-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and Île-de-France, as well as the impact of variants on the health pressure, the evacuation of Covid patients and the accelerating vaccination campaign. Epidemic markers and hospital pressure keep on worsening and the minister said "we will take all necessary actions to save lives".

Will Île-de-France prevent another lockdown? This Thursday March 11, 2021 at 6 p.m., Olivier Véran held a new press brief. On the occasion, the health minister addressed the health situation in France.

During the brief, the Health Minister addressed the vaccination campaign, Covid mutations, as well as the worsening situation in the three hardest-hit regions namely Hauts-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and especially Île-de-France.

Furthermore, Véran confirmed the epidemic markers have been deteriorating for several days in all Île-de-France departments. “A patient is hospitalized in intensive care every 12 minutes in Île-de-France”, he stated. Furthermore, the “hospital pressure will keep on rising” in the coming weeks.

As statements about implement a new lockdown – especially in Île-de-France – were expected, given indicators, the Health Minister simply stated that with the government they “will take all necessary actions to save lives”. For instance, he confirms “dozens, and even thousands of evacuations might be completed in the coming days” in hit regions.

More worrying, the share of variants in new contaminations have health authorities upset: the new Covid-19 strain, also called “UK variant”, is more than 67% present in France. In the hardest-hit regions, the incidence rate skyrockets specifically “in Val-de-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis, where it exceeds 400” people for 100,000 inhabitants. “If the speed keeps on being the same; a critical threshold will be reached”, the minister says. In the meantime, Véran assured the government was “making everything they can to face”. Namely: “regionally rallying all health services and private clinics” where activities are cancelled starting this weekend.

In the same time, the Health Minister detailed the acceleration of the vaccination campaign. On the nation scale, “760,000 vaccines are coming today and tomorrow in pharmacies”, the minister confirms, and “286,000 French have been given the first dose of vaccine” in one day, on Wednesday March 10 only. A record. All in all, “2 million French have been given two injections”. He also confirmed “AstraZeneca vaccine is not halted” as it presents “no proven increased risk”.

Olivier Véran’s statements – Thursday March 11, 2021:

  • The “situation is preoccupying” in the three hardest-hit regions, Île-de-France included
  • “We will take all necessary actions to save lives”, Véran confirms
  • “Dozens, and even thousands of evacuations” from Île-de-France starting this weekend
  • “Variants have become standard in France”, Véran says
  • 286,000 French vaccinated in 24h, a record
  • AstraZeneca vaccine presents no proven increased risk

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