As the French are enjoying their new-found freedom, the Covid-19 epidemic is still spreading and the Delta variant is spreading, making many scientists and the government worried.
After being the department the hardest-hit by the Indian variant, Landes eventually sees the latest restrictions lifted this July 7. But, the health situation is getting more severe in some departments. This is the case in Paris – considered so far as the only department in Île-de-France with an incidence rate above 50. It now reaches 54.2 cases for 100,000 inhabitants.
Coronavirus in Île-de-France: incidence rate over 200 in 3 departments, towards new restrictions?
The coronavirus epidemic has been sharply declining in Île-de-France. Yet, because of the Delta variant, now dominating in the area, Paris and Île-de-France have experienced a resurgence in Covid-19. The incidence rate is above 200 cases for 100,000 inhabitants in three departments, a decisive threshold likely to lead to new restrictions. [Read more]
To date, this incidence rate is far under the one recorded during the last wave, this past March, peaking above 500, but the evolution of the indicators is worrying many specialists because of the quick spread of this Indian variant. “The Delta variant is spreading very fast. It is found in more than half of the cases in Paris now”, Île-de-France Regional Health Agency General Director Aurélien Rousseau tweeted.
Le variant delta progresse très vite. Il représente plus de la moitié des cas à Paris désormais. Nous sommes totalement mobilisés avec @ameli_actu pour casser les chaînes de contamination, mais seule la vaccination nous permettra d’échapper à ce qui est en train de se dessiner…— Aurélien Rousseau (@aur_rousseau) July 6, 2021
Like in other countries, such as Spain, this increase in new contaminations especially involve young adults with an incidence rate that moved from 47 to 124 in one week in 20-29 y.o., as well as in teenagers aged 10 to 19, where the incidence rate increased from 28 to 95.
Although Catalonia decided to instate new restrictions to curb this epidemic resurgence, such as closing nightclubs, Le Parisien daily reveals the French authorities do not intend – so far – to instate new restrictions. Their strategy? Intensifying the vaccination campaign. A strategy confirmed by Aurélien Rousseau. “Sole vaccination enables us to escape what is coming up…”, he tweeted.