CORONAVIRUS. The latest assessment of the coronavirus in France was not fully delivered this Friday, May 22, 2020, with data in hospitals, but not in nursing homes. The number of deaths in hospital alone increases by 74 deaths …
The latest figures for the coronavirus were delivered, but partially, this Friday, May 22, 2020, the Directorate General of Health did not give an overall mortality figure and postpone the publication of these data until Monday only. The blame for the Ehpad data which is obviously missing this weekend. Only hospital data were communicated. They confirm an improvement with 200 fewer hospitalizations and 44 fewer people in intensive care. Regarding deaths, the government dashboard still mentions 17,944 deaths in hospital this Friday evening, or 74 more. Here are the available statistics:
- 144 556 cases confirmed by PCR, or 393 more
- 17 944 hospital deaths, or 74 more
- 17 383 hospitalizations in progress, 200 less
- 1701 people currently in intensive care, 44 less
- 64 209 people discharged from hospital, or 351 more
NB: the data relating to people hospitalized and in intensive care presented above correspond to the number of patients in the course of care and not to the accumulation since the beginning of the epidemic. In total, there are 100,038 hospitalizations. Similarly, hospitalizations and additional resuscitation cases in 24 hours correspond to net figures, taking into account cures and deaths. In the last 24 hours, in gross, 263 more hospitalizations were recorded and 36 admissions in intensive care.
The coronavirus, in France, “is not behind us”, tweeted Emmanuel Macron two days ago. The head of state has posed an undeniable truth since the Covid-19 continues to cause contamination and death. But it is also true that the figures from hospitals, but also from nursing homes, have been declining regularly for several days and the latest assessment is no exception: 83 more deaths over 24 hours, between Wednesday and Thursday, but 358 hospitalizations in less and 49 less intensive care beds occupied. The news of the coronavirus in France, it is therefore a positive evolution of the figures, but they are also centers of contamination, which continue to flourish almost everywhere in the country. There are clusters in Ile-de-France and in Grand Est, the two regions most affected by Covid-19, but also in areas having experienced a moderate epidemic wave, such as the Dordogne, Tarn or Côtes- Armor. Are these groupings of sudden cases worrying?
Most scientists interviewed on the subject agree that it is the logical sequence of events. “It is not abnormal, it is even expected that we discover clusters, that is to say groups of cases linked by chains of contamination”, even explained Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, leaving the Council of Ministers last Wednesday. It is therefore not, as it would be tempting to think, warning signs of a second epidemic wave. “It takes at least 10 to 15 days (from the deconfinement date of May 11, note) for us to know if there is an impact on the epidemic, but we are seeing a reduction in the number of hospitalizations news, the number of admissions in intensive care, so we do not see a decrease in the circulation of the virus, which does not mean that the virus does not circulate, “summarized Olivier Véran.
23:02 – The conditions set by Édouard Philippe for the reopening of Parisian parks
While he has once again positioned himself against the reopening of Parisian parks and gardens, in a letter addressed this Friday to the mayor of the capital Anne Hidalgo, Édouard Philippe however indicated that three conditions could change the situation: “an evolution favorable health situation “, the establishment of a” precise specification “, and finally a” homogeneous “application of deconfinement rules throughout the Ile-de-France.
22:55 – Brittany: 236 people still hospitalized
In the Brittany region, 236 people are still hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, including 20 in intensive care. Since March 1, the coronavirus has killed 242 people in the region and 3,164 patients have been discharged from the hospital. Morbihan is the department with the most victims, with 87 deaths reported.
22:39 – A song about barrier gestures is a great success
Aldebert’s song on barrier gestures at school is a great success. Released since May 11, the title “Corona Minus” already has more than 1.5 million plays on streaming platforms. To illustrate the song, Aldebert had asked his audience to film themselves “in ‘crazy choreas'” – doing barrier gestures.
22:29 – The origin of the transmission of the coronavirus to humans still uncertain
While “all the available evidence suggests that the virus is of animal origin,” says the World Health Organization, there is still uncertainty about the animal that causes transmission of the coronavirus to humans. According to Chinese scientists, it is the pangolin that could be “a possible intermediate host”, without this hypothesis having been proven.
22:23 – 42 families request an investigation after the death of 30 residents of a Valdoie nursing home
Forty-two families of residents of the Valdoie nursing home in the Territoire de Belfort request an independent investigation into their management of the health crisis. The cause: 30 residents died from the new coronavirus. The director of the nursing home was suspended from her duties in mid-April and the establishment is now managed by the ARS and the department, which are responsible for drafting a report on the management of the crisis. It will be released by the end of the month.
22:11 – Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: 988 victims of the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic
In the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, the coronavirus has killed 988 people since March 1 and 661 patients are still hospitalized, including 62 in intensive care. 3,164 people were released from the hospital. The Côte-d’Or is the department with the most victims with 239 deaths reported.
21:57 – No “sign” of a second wave in Paris according to Patrick Pelloux
Patrick Pelloux, emergency physician and president of the Association of Emergency Physicians, was reassuring about the hypothesis of a second epidemiological wave. Asked about BFM TV, he said: “A priori there is no sign of a second wave in Paris”. However, he called on the French to remain cautious. “We absolutely must not relax. We must wear the mask everywhere and all the time, keep our physical distance, wash our hands every hour,” he added.
9:50 p.m. – Calvados union calls for schools to be closed
After the positive coronavirus diagnosis of an agent from the La Haie-Vigné school in Caen, Wednesday May 20, Sud Éducation Calvados is asking this Friday to close the schools in the name of “the precautionary principle”. The union denounces the lack of information for parents.
9:41 p.m. – Can the coronavirus mutate like the flu virus?
To the question of the seasonality of the coronavirus is added that of its possible mutation. “Viruses can all mutate, but coronaviruses have a specific enzyme, which will correct errors when there are mutations, so yes, there are small changes in the virus, but it is not expected that either a virus like the flu, whether there are large [changements] from one year to the next, “said Professor Dominique Costagliola, on the set of BFMTV.
21:32 – Édouard Philippe still opposes the reopening of Parisian parks and gardens
In a letter sent this Friday to the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who requests the reopening of the parks and gardens of the capital, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe reaffirmed his opposition to this measure. “Ile-de-France being, as a whole, classified [en rouge], it is not possible, at this stage, to authorize the opening of the parks and gardens there ”, he wrote.
21:21 – Can you be infected by infection of the digestive tract?
Digestive tract infection has not been proven and is not considered to be a hazard. Studies have shown that the virus disappears after cooking at least 60 degrees. However, there remains a “possibility of respiratory tract infection during chewing” which “cannot be totally excluded”, explained the National Food Safety Agency (ANSES).
21:10 – The situation in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
In the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, 1,532 patients with coronavirus are still hospitalized, including 152 in intensive care. Since March 1, the coronavirus has killed 1,615 people in hospitals, and 6,571 patients have been discharged from hospital. The Rhône is the department with the most victims, with 685 deaths reported.
21:03 – 4 additional deaths in Hauts-de-France
In the Hauts-de-France region, the coronavirus epidemic has caused four new hospital deaths in the past 24 hours, Public Health France said on Friday. The total balance therefore goes to 1668 died from coronavirus in hospitals in the region since March 1, including 277 in Pas-de-Calais and 551 in the North.
20:51 – A new source of contamination detected in Tours
According to the Regional Health Agency, a new outbreak of coronavirus contamination has been identified in the Grandmont university residence in Tours. Six students from this residence tested positive, a seventh is still awaiting its results. “All these students have been relocated by the CROUS Orléans-Tours, placed in isolation, and are being followed by the university health service,” ARS said in a statement on Friday.
20:43 – The Ministry of Health publishes a list of 23 serological tests deemed reliable
The Ministry of Health has published on its official website the list of serological tests which have been considered reliable by the National Reference Center. On this page, just click on the “automated serology” and “rapid tests” tabs.
20:34 – 46 outbreaks of contamination declared before the end of confinement
According to Santé Publique France, 46 foci of coronavirus contamination were detected in France between May 9 and 19. These clusters, which do not take into account the Ehpad and the restricted family environment, count cases of coronavirus which “most often go back before the lifting of the confinement”, specifies the national agency.
20:21 – “Ten times less suspicion” of coronavirus, according to SOS Doctors
This Friday, SOS Doctors confirmed a steady drop in suspected cases of coronavirus since the start of deconfinement, on May 11. Currently, contaminations represent only 5% of the activity of SOS Doctors, according to the chairman of the board of directors Serge Smadja. “For the moment, we are not witnessing, despite the deconfinement, a rise”, he explained to the RTL microphone, recalling however that “you have to be careful because the incubation lasts two weeks” .
20:12 – “If we don’t change our behavior, we will be faced with pandemics”, warns a naturalist
According to naturalist Bruno David, president of the National Museum of Natural History, “if we do not change our behavior (…) we will again find ourselves faced with pandemics which could be more lethal than this one.” Guest of France Inter on the occasion of the World Biodiversity Day, the specialist denounced the destruction of biodiversity, in particular through deforestation and intensive farming.
8:08 p.m. – 100,038 people hospitalized since March 1
Since March 1, 100,038 people have been hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, including 17,671 in intensive care. 263 new admissions have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
20:04 – 103 hospitalizations in the Overseas
According to DGS data, the assessment of the coronavirus epidemic shows in the Overseas Territories (Guadeloupe, Guyana, La Réunion, Martinique and Mayotte) of 103 hospitalized people, including 17 in intensive care.
While the deconfinement began Monday, May 11 in France, the famous second wave is feared. If, for the time being, the lifting of containment restrictions does not necessarily translate into figures from hospitals, new outbreaks of contamination, “clusters”, have arisen: