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A first detailed photograph of the Covid-19 epidemic in France

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Public health France yesterday published its first weekly epidemiological point of the epidemic due to the new coronavirus.

A woman with a mask on her face in the streets of Paris on March 26, 2020.
A woman with a mask on her face in the streets of Paris on March 26, 2020. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

After weeks of scattered data, this is a first precise photograph of the French epidemic of Covid-19, which has just been published by Santé publique France. And it shows, with supporting figures, what the resuscitation services all over France were already shouting: the epidemic, now present throughout the country, is particularly serious in certain regions even if the “Departmental disparities decrease over time”, say the authors. They also insist on a significant increase in the number of patients admitted to intensive care, and in deaths.

Last week, nearly 42,000 potentially infected people saw a doctor, estimates the Sentinelles surveillance network, and nearly 16,000 emergency calls for Covid-19 were counted. Since the beginning of March, more than 10,000 infected people have been hospitalized, including more than 2,500 in intensive care. “Among people aged 65 and over, more than 2 in 3 people are hospitalized after a visit, and among

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