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With more than 7,300 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the space of 24 hours in France, the General Directorate of Health warned on Friday of an “exponential” resumption of the epidemic.
“The dynamics of progression of the epidemic is exponential” in metropolitan France, warned the Directorate General of Health (DGS), Friday, August 28, in a press release. Indeed, the latest assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic in France reports 7,379 new positive diagnoses recorded in 24 hours, against 6,111 Thursday, and 5,429 Wednesday.
Although the threshold of 4,000 new cases has been crossed several times in recent days, it is the highest figure since testing has been carried out on a large scale.
🗞 Press release | Point position #Coronavirus from Friday 28 August 2020
• 30,596 people died in France
• 86,177 people returned home
• 4,535 people are hospitalized
• 387 patients # COVID19 severe in intensive care
– Ministry of Solidarity and Health (@MinSoliSante) August 28, 2020
Hospital indicators at limited levels, but increasing
The positive cases detected increase because of the circulation of the virus and because the number of people tested increases every day (893,146 tests carried out over the last “slippery” week).
The test positivity rate stood at 3.9% over the period between August 19 and 25, also increasing, against 3.8% from August 18 to 24 and 3.6% between August 15 and 21. August.
“Although remaining at limited levels, hospital indicators (new hospitalizations and intensive care admissions) are increasing, especially in regions where viral circulation is the most intense “, underlines the DGS, with a total of 4,535 people hospitalized (as Thursday), including 387 serious cases in intensive care (+ 6 in twenty-four hours).
Avoiding “widespread re-containment”
In total, since the start of the pandemic, 30,596 people have died in France, i.e. 20 more in 24 hours, including 20,089 in hospitals and 10,507 (data from Thursday) in social and medico-social establishments, in particular Ehpad.
In all, 21 departments out of a hundred are still classified in the red zone of active circulation of the virus, while the obligation to wear a mask extends, especially in large cities. On Thursday, the government said it wanted to “do everything” to avoid a “generalized reconfinement” devastating for the economy.