French government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned, on Sunday, that the current development of the fifth pandemic wave in the country is “surprising,” noting that “there are elements that can worry us and elements that can make us confident.”
Atal told several media outlets: “This fifth wave started suddenly,” according to AFP.
He also added: “We see A significant increase in the incidence of infections, but we also know that in France we have a wide vaccination coverage, and we are somewhat ahead of the booster dose compared to our neighbours.” He recalled that France issued the health certificate in July, while “most of the surrounding countries issued it later.”
He also insisted that the government bears, with the decision to issue the health certificate, “the option of assigning responsibility to non-vaccinated persons instead of holding it to non-vaccinated persons.” It is noteworthy that the number of injuries doubled within a week, so 17,153 injuries were recorded on Saturday, while 9,458 were recorded a week ago.
The main challenge remains to determine whether the increase in the number of injuries will lead to pressure on hospitals. However, the authorities associate the decrease in pressure on hospitals with the high rates of vaccination against Covid-19, which contributes significantly to reducing severe forms of the disease and less effective against infections with the delta mutant.
In addition, about 75% of the French population has received two doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine. And the number of people infected with Covid-19 in hospitals reached 7,974 people on Saturday, including 1,333 patients in intensive care, compared to 6,500 people (including a thousand in intensive care) a month ago. And at risk of contracting severe forms of the disease, receiving a third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19, with the latter becoming available to people aged 50 to 64 years as of December 1. )