The downward trend is also found in critical care services receiving the most severe cases, particularly in intensive care, with 2,970 patients (including 196 new admissions) versus 3,055 the day before and 3,371 the day before.
On the other hand, the number of deaths remains stable, as the disease killed 273 people in hospital within 24 hours, compared to 259 the day before and 269 the previous week. Within two years of the pandemic, Covid has killed 108,444 people in hospital and 136,446 in France in total.
In terms of pollution, the lab recorded 82,553 positive cases within 24 hours, compared to 92,345 cases on Thursday and 131,376 cases last Friday. The seven-day daily average, which facilitates noticeable differences from day to day, fell sharply to 92504 from 159,323 the previous week.
Low positivity rate
France’s public health authority noted on Friday that cases of re-infection with the COVID-19 virus are “not rare” in France. Preliminary work, on samples between January 1, 2021 and January 27, 2022, showed 416,995 probable cases of re-infection of people who had two positive tests at least 60 days apart, i.e. 2.8% of confirmed cases during this period.
The positivity rate (over the past seven days standardized in D-3), which measures the percentage of positive results compared to the number of people tested, decreased to 26.3%. It was 31% last Friday.