The Directorate General of Health announced on Saturday that the isolation of people who tested positive for Covid-19 will no longer be compulsory from February 1. Contact cases will also no longer have to be tested after two days. The DGS mentioned a “favorable epidemic context” to justify this decision. We take stock of the epidemiological situation.
A sharp drop in incidence rate
If the number of cases has increased slightly in the past seven days (+4.4%), the incidence rate is falling, according to the latest data from Public Health France. As of January 25, the Covid-19 incidence rate was down by 13.7% in France.
All departments are affected by this drop, with the exception of Mayotte (+14%) and Reunion (+8%). In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the incidence rate was down by 29% over the last week, 28% in the Grand-Est and 27% in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.
A third less hospitalizations last week
The trend is also positive on the hospital side. Over the past seven days, the number of emergency visits due to Covid-19 has decreased by 31.4%. Hospitalizations have also fallen sharply, with 34.3% fewer hospitalized patients. As of January 27, less than 16,000 patients were hospitalized with Covid-19 in France. You have to go back to early October to find similar figures.
The numbers are similar for critical care admissions, which are down 32.4% over the past seven days as well. As of January 27, 911 patients were hospitalized in critical care due to Covid-19 in France. Again, such a low figure had not been reached since early October.
Fewer and fewer deaths
Over the past seven days, Santé Publique France has recorded 271 new deaths in hospital. This represents a drop of almost 30% compared to the previous week.
Almost all of the cases diagnosed in France are carriers of the Omicron variant, reputed to be less virulent and leading to fewer serious forms.