While the Covid vaccination campaign began two months ago, local confinements were decided in France. Nice and Dunkirk have been confined at weekends since February 26. However, other territories such as Brittany would like to ease the restrictions.
The epidemic is evolving in very different ways depending on the regions of mainland France. 3,492 Covid patients are in intensive care on February 28. Most in Ile-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
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The most affected regions
With 483 patients in intensive care on February 28, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is the first where local containment has been decided. 735.2 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in Nice the week of February 26. That’s well above the national average, at 275.8.
In Hauts-de-France, it is in the metropolis of Dunkirk that the situation is most worrying. Public Health France detected 910 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants there the week of February 25. This is four times higher than the national average. The metropolis was therefore confined on weekends, from February 26 like Nice.
The most populated region of France has the highest intensive care occupancy rate in mainland France, with 814 patients. In Paris, the incidence rate rose to 332.8 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants the week of February 26. According to a study by the Institut Pasteur, 3 in 10 Ile-de-France residents have already had the Covid, against 17% of French people.
In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the incidence rate drops below the national average. This is also the case in the most populous metropolis in the region: in Lyon, 240.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants were detected the week of February 26.
The place that poses the most difficulties in the Grand Est at the beginning of March is not a metropolis like in other regions. The Moselle department is considered a territory at risk by Germany. A negative test will be required to enter Germany from the Moselle from March 2.
The least affected regions
The epidemic situation in other French regions is much less worrying. Brittany is the region of metropolitan France where the virus circulates the least. The metropolis of Brest records an incidence rate of 61.6 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There are many voices in the region calling for the restrictions to be eased.