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French government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned today, Sunday, that the current development of the fifth pandemic wave in France is “surprising”, noting that “there are elements that can worry us and elements that can make us confident.”
“This fifth wave started suddenly,” Atal told several media outlets.
And the number of injuries doubled within a week, as 17,153 injuries were recorded on Saturday, while 9,458 were recorded a week ago.
The main challenge remains to determine whether the increase in the number of injuries will put pressure on hospitals. However, the authorities associate the decrease in pressure on hospitals with the increase in vaccination rates against Covid-19, which contributes significantly to reducing severe forms of the disease and less effective against infections with the delta mutant.
About 75% of the French population has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
And the number of people infected with Covid-19 in hospitals reached 7,974 people on Saturday, including 1,333 patients in intensive care, compared to 6,500 people (including a thousand in intensive care) a month ago.
“We see a significant increase in the rate of infections, but we also know that in France we have a wide vaccination coverage and we are somewhat ahead of giving the booster dose compared to our neighbours,” Atal added.
He recalled that France issued the health certificate in July, while “most of the surrounding countries issued it later.”
He insisted that the government bears, with the decision to issue the health certificate, “the option of holding the non-vaccinated people responsible instead of carrying it on to the unvaccinated.”
France has proposed that people over 65 years of age who are at risk of developing severe forms of the disease receive a third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19, with the latter becoming available to people aged 50 to 64 years from December 1.
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