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the decline continues but the still high levels call for vigilance

The weekly epidemiological update of 11/26/2020 from Santé Publique France reminds us: if the decline continues, the still high levels of contamination call for vigilance. The number of new hospitalizations fell from 17,390 in week 46 to 13,585 in week 47, a decrease of 22%. Intensive care admissions decreased by 25% (2,069 in week 47 versus 2,761 in week 46). The number of new deaths linked to COVID-19 remains very high in week 47, and more than 50,000 deaths occurring in hospitals and ESMS have been reported since the start of the epidemic in France. The regions most affected are Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. In Guyana, there is a stabilization of the circulation of SARS-CoV-2.

Beyond these rather encouraging figures, the maintenance of barrier gestures is now all the more necessary in the context of a reduction in containment measures. As for the passage of an “epidemic peak”, it does not mean the end of the wave, because many new cases will continue to occur during the waning phase. Beyond the current wave, the future evolution of the epidemic will depend on the evolution of individual behavior and new measures that could be put in place such as the vaccination announced now in the near future.

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