An indicator is currently worrying specialists and epidemiologists in Algeria since May 28, the hospitalizations of the most serious cases suffering from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection. According to the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), since that date, Algeria has exceeded the bar of 2,000 hospitalized patients in a single day, hence a health situation in Algeria of the most worrying despite official figures so- saying reassuring.
The INSP is, recalls the source, a scientific body officially reporting to the Ministry of Health responsible for carrying out epidemiological surveys in the field to identify developments in potential epidemics that threaten public health. This authorized and official source indicates that Algeria is witnessing an “increase in the number of patients hospitalized for Covid-19 in health structures during the last two weeks” of May. Thus, the daily average is 1,670.3 – 1,557.3 – 1,608.4 and 1,817.9 respectively between 01 and 07, between 08 and 14, between 15 and 21 and, between May 22 and 28. As a result, during the last week of May, Algerian hospitals recorded + 13.0% of admissions of the most serious cases of COVID-19.
The threshold of 2,002 patients in hospital, reached on May 28, is the highest observed in Algerian hospitals after a long period of calm. The last peak in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infection was observed on May 16 with 1,668 hospitalized patients. Regarding patients in intensive care, the situation begins to become equally worrying because a number of 154 patients admitted in a single day in intensive care units were also recorded on May 28 at the national level, notes the INSP according to which the number of these patients suffering from the most serious and dangerous forms of CO infection, VID-19 was 123 patients on May 23.
It is the wilayas of the central region of the country that have recorded the most increase in the average number of intensive care patients. Hospitals in the center of the country, the most populous region of the country, however, saw a decrease in the number of intubated patients during the last seven days of May. Thus, the average number is 72.1 & 14.0 between 15th and 21st and 77.4 & 13.3 between 22nd and 28th May. The INSP experts noted an increase estimated at + 7.3% and a decrease of -5.0% respectively for the average of patients in intensive care and that of intubated patients.
Five wilayas out of twelve recorded an increase in the number of patients in intensive care. These are Algiers (from 42.0 to 46.6), Blida (1.7 to 2.6), Bouira (2.7 to 5.1), Djelfa (from 0.0 to 0.4) and Tizi Ouzou (2.7 to 3.0). Four wilayas recorded a slight increase in the average number of intubated patients; they are Bordj Bou Arreridj (from 0.4 to 0.6), Djelfa (from 0.0 to 0.4), Tipaza (from 0.1 to 0.3) and Tizi Ouzou (from 1.7 to 1, 9).