More than 500 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in recent days in Île-de-France. A worrying figure when compared to those of previous months. By mid-May, around 200 cases were identified each day, while by the end of June, around 100 daily cases were recorded. “We are at the start of an epidemic rebound”, declared Nicolas Peju, deputy director general of the regional health agency in Ile-de-France, on Franceinfo, Sunday, August 9.
Covid-19 and second wave: “awareness” is essential
“The trend is not good”, he added. To support this assertion, Nicolas Peju evokes the question of “positivity rate”, in other words from “name of positive tests for 100 tests carried out “. This rate “had reached more or less the national average. But since July, the indicators I am quoting have unfortunately deteriorated”, he explains. The Parisian also reveals that Sunday, August 9, the incidence rate in Paris soared to 46 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the alert threshold is set at 50.
To turn the tide, respect for physical distancing and barrier gestures is essential. This is also the reason why many French cities have imposed the wearing of masks outdoors. In Ile-de-France, Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-d’Oise and Val-de-Marne are affected by this measure.
To prevent this “beginning of epidemic rebound” does not turn into “second wave“, “this awareness is imperative to strengthen all preventive measures and reverse this trend in the days and weeks to come”, concluded Nicolas Péju.
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