This particularly monitored indicator of the epidemic reached alarming values ​​last week. After several days of slow decline, the number of patients in intensive care had again increased on Monday, May 3, with 5,630 patients admitted.

However, the decline seemed to be confirmed the next day, Tuesday May 4. Critical care services (which combine resuscitation, intensive care and continuous monitoring) had 5,504 patients on May 4, including 355 admitted within 24 hours.

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A long plateau at 6000

This figure, scrutinized under a magnifying glass, had slowly declined last week. It moved away from the 6,000 mark, exceeded on April 26.

The number of patients hospitalized in these services has fluctuated since mid-April around 6,000. At the peak of the first wave in April 2020, it was around 7,000, but 4,900 during that of the second wave in the fall.

Drop in hospital

The total of Covid patients in the hospital is also down, to 28,427, against 28,950 the day before, with 1,591 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours. A week ago, hospitals were welcoming more than 30,000 Covid patients.

A total of 243 people died from the coronavirus in hospital on May 4, up from 311 the day before. The number of deaths has therefore risen to at least 105,416 since the start of the epidemic in spring 2020, including 79,149 in hospital.

Positivity rate and vaccination

In 24 hours, the number of new confirmed positive cases is 24,371. The positivity rate, which corresponds to the percentage of people infected among those who are tested, has fallen to 7.4% over the last seven days (rate consolidated at D-3).

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On the vaccination side, 16,444,653 people received at least one injection, of which 6,924,103 were fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine (i.e. 10.3% of the total population and 13.2% of the adult population), indicates the General Directorate of Health.