Tourist areas, especially the coast, are experiencing a worrying increase in the number of cases. Forty departments have even exceeded the alert threshold.

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MENU. Holidays and Covid: the virus is spreading in tourist regions

4,151 new cases detected Monday, July 19. According to government spokesperson Gabriel Attal during a press briefing, “39 departments have exceeded the alert threshold”. These departments are mostly located in tourist areas and on the coast.

The situation is worrying in the south. In Bouches-du-Rhône, 730 new cases were detected on July 19. The second most affected department is Paris, with 568 new cases.

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Incidence and alert threshold

The alert threshold is set at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It is highest in the Pyrénées-Orientales, with 345 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In Haute-Corse, it amounts to 266 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants.

Much of these new cases are due to the more contagious Delta variant. According to the Institut Pasteur, it will no doubt even be responsible for a fourth wave in the fall.

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