Covid-19: the incidence rate explodes in French tourist areas

The incidence rate of contamination with the coronavirus, including the Delta variant, is exploding particularly in French tourist areas, French media reported on Tuesday.

Now, 39 departments have an incidence rate above the alert threshold, set at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while tourist areas, especially the coast, are particularly affected by the increase in cases of Covid-19 contamination. .

Among these departments, most are located in largely tourist areas, such as the Atlantic coast, but also the Mediterranean, up to the border with Spain, or even overseas and Île-de-France.

The department with the highest incidence rate is Martinique, where it stands at 574 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Reunion Island, this rate reaches 177. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal , announced Monday evening that the state of health emergency in these two departments, would be "extended until September 30".

In the south, on the Côte d'Azur and the Basque country, the number of new cases of Covid-19 is also exploding, where the Pyrénées-Orientales have an incidence rate of 345 (5.1% positivity rate), with 205 daily positive cases between July 9 and 15.

Many other departments have passed the 100 mark, such as Alpes-Maritimes (163), Haute-Garonne (144), Bouches-du-Rhône (135), Aude (131), Ariège (129 ), the Gironde (112), the Pyrénées-Atlantique (101).

In Île-de-France, one of the most touristic regions in France, all the departments are well above the alert threshold, with Paris leading the way with 127 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the French media report.

Faced with this epidemic explosion, some departments have decided to reinstate the compulsory wearing of masks outdoors, such as Charente-Maritime, where 45 municipalities and tourist islands are concerned as of Tuesday.

In the Pyrénées-Orientales, wearing a mask is once again compulsory everywhere outside except on the beach and in natural areas, while bars and restaurants are now forced to close at 11 p.m.

This Tuesday, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran acknowledged that the “fourth wave is here” and that vaccination remains the only way to overcome the virus and its variants and avoid an epidemic “tsunami”, in the face of the skepticism of some environments.

Faced with the outbreak of the epidemic, the health authorities call for vigilance and to be vaccinated easily to avoid a return to drastic measures such as containment or curfew.

Last week, in a long-awaited televised address, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of measures aimed at boosting vaccination in the country, against the backdrop of an epidemic resumption and the spread of the Delta variant, including the compulsory vaccination of caregivers and professionals in contact with fragile people under pain of sanctions from September 15 and extension of the health pass from July 21 for all French people over 12 years old.

The country has 37,809,568 first-time vaccinated as of July 19, while 30,788,868 people have a complete vaccination schedule, while the government hopes to vaccinate 85% of people over 50 and adults with comorbidity, 75% of adults with at least one dose (40 million people), and 66% with a full vaccination schedule (35 million people) by the end of August.

 Editorial News From The Continent (NDC)