France has recorded a new record for daily deaths in hospital linked to Covid-19 with 393 people dying in 24 hours, for a total of 129,022 deaths since the start of the pandemic in spring 2020, according to data from the Public Health Agency France, quoted by the French media.
This is the highest number of daily deaths recorded in the latest wave of contamination, which has hit France since November.
The previous highest figure was 298 deaths over 24 hours, a week earlier.
According to specialists, the vast majority of people admitted to intensive care for a serious infection due to Covid-19 are not vaccinated.
In addition, 108,481 people tested positive in 24 hours, according to data published Monday by Public Health France, while the number of hospitalized patients reached 29,748, up from Sunday (28,838).
The figure for seven-day admissions is also up with 15,932 hospital admissions in one week, against 15,376 on Sunday.
France is hit hard by a dazzling fifth epidemic wave with a surge of the Omicron variant and daily contamination records having exceeded 300,000 new cases.
However, last week, Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist and member of the Scientific Council, an independent advisory body responsible for informing public decision-making to fight the pandemic, indicated that this fifth epidemic wave in France has begun to decline.
“The peak of infections has passed these days at least in Île-de-France, it will be a little later in the other regions”, he said on the airwaves of France Inter.
According to the epidemiologist at the Institut Pasteur, hospital admissions should increase in the coming days and then reach a peak in the coming week.