The number of people sick with Covid-19 and hospitalized continues to drop in France. According to data from Public Health France, 7,565 people were hospitalized on Thursday, September 30, because of Covid-19 – including 238 admissions in twenty-four hours -, against 7,726 on Wednesday. In critical care services, which welcome the most seriously ill, the number of patients is 1,414 (against 1,466), with 58 new admissions since Wednesday. The positivity rate is stable at 1.2%, with 5,204 new cases confirmed since the previous day.
Regarding vaccination, 50.5 million people have received at least one injection (ie 74.9% of the total population) and 48.6 million people are fully vaccinated (ie 72.1% of the total population).
Closure of the Stade de France vaccinodrome
The Stade de France vaccinodrome closed its doors on Thursday, the Seine-Saint-Denis prefecture announced in a press release. In six months, 545,000 doses were administered there, specified the prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis.
Managed jointly by the regional health agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France, the prefecture, the departmental council, the city of Saint-Denis and the Paris fire brigade, the center was opened on 6 April to break the chains of contamination, in a poor department particularly affected by excess mortality linked to the pandemic. Other mega-centers had been installed, such as at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome or at the Stade-Vélodrome in Marseille.
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The health authorities now intend to address the unvaccinated: “A new center will be installed from Monday, October 4 (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on the forecourt of the University of Paris-VIII, at the exit of the Saint-Denis-Université metro station on line 13, at the junction of the municipalities of Saint-Denis, Villetaneuse and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine ”, added the prefecture.
Decrease in the number of closed classes
Sign that the epidemic is no longer progressing, the number of classes closed because of Covid-19 is declining: 1,692 were closed on Thursday because of the Covid-19 epidemic, a figure down compared to last week and which represents 0.32% of the country’s classes, the national education ministry announced on Friday.
A week ago, 2,366 classes were closed, or 0.45%, this number was already down sharply compared to the previous week (3,299 classes).
The ministry also specifies that eight school structures (seven schools and one high school) are closed because of the epidemic. In addition, 6,758 of the 10,700 middle and high schools offered “A vaccination course” students.
For the start of the school year, the ministry has adopted the level 2 health protocol (out of 4), which authorizes all students to be received in person and requires them to wear a mask indoors, except in kindergarten. The obligation to wear a mask in elementary school will however be lifted for students from Monday in the 47 departments least affected by the epidemic, which go to level 1 of the protocol.
The mask will remain compulsory in the 54 departments “Where a high circulation of the epidemic is observed”. A case of Covid-19 in an elementary school class leads to a closure, as in June. In the event of contamination in middle or high school, only unvaccinated contact cases students must isolate themselves for one week.
Total lifting of the curfew on Reunion Island
The health situation having improved on the island of Reunion, the prefecture announced a total lifting of the curfew and a reopening of nightclubs – closed since March 14, 2020, date of the first confinement – from Monday. Measures of “Looseness” were taken by the prefect “In view of favorable health data”, wrote the prefecture in a press release on Friday.
The abolition of gauges in shops and the end of the obligation to wear a mask in establishments open to the public will also come into force on Monday. The authorization of groupings in public space is increased from six to ten people. The same increase is applied for picnics, a practice deeply rooted in local recreation. The health pass remains applicable under the same conditions as in mainland France.
According to figures from Public Health France, on September 27, Reunion Island’s incidence rate was 42.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The national average was 55.3 on the same date.
A curfew from 6 p.m. was decided on July 31 to curb the upsurge of the epidemic. It was then delayed to 9 p.m. and then to 11 p.m. since September 23. By announcing the reduction in health measures, the prefect, Jacques Billant, once again insisted on ” the necessity “ to get vaccinated. As of Sunday, October 24, 439,252 people, or 64.4% of the island’s population, had a complete vaccination schedule.