The number of covid-19 patients in intensive care increased again on April 1 and exceeded 5,100, according to daily figures from Public Health France.

After a very slight decline the day before, on March 31, the number of covid patients in intensive care resumed its upward trajectory, with 5,109 people, including 480 new entries in 24 hours in these services which treat the most serious cases.

A peak of resuscitation at the end of April?

On March 29, the peak of the second wave of the epidemic – just over 4,900 patients in mid-November – had been exceeded, still far from that of the first wave which counted more than 7,000 patients in early April 2020.

On April 1, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran estimated at the microphone of France Inter that the epidemic peak of contaminations could be reached “within 7 to 10 daysThe peak of resuscitation would then take place two weeks later, at the end of April.

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50,659 new cases in 24 hours

The number of people hospitalized for covid is also up, to 28,581, the highest of this third wave, with 2,025 new hospitalizations in 24 hours.

Regarding contamination, for the second consecutive day, Santé Publique France reported a catching up linked to a failure to transmit the results of certain laboratories between April 1 and March 30. With this precision, the number of new cases recorded in 24 hours amounts to 50,659.

The positivity rate, which measures the percentage of people positive for covid-19 out of all those tested, is stable at 8.2%.

Nearly 96,000 deaths from covid

In 24 hours, 314 new deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths recorded in France since the start of the epidemic to 95,976, including 69,932 in hospital.

According to health authorities, 8.8 million people have received at least one injection of a vaccine against covid-19 in France, and nearly 3 million people have received the two doses necessary for complete vaccine protection.