Coronavirus in Pays de la Loire: “The Circulation of the Virus is Extremely Weak”, notes the ARS

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One month after the deconfinement, the circulation of Coronavirus Covid-19 is in decline in the Pays de la Loire region

EPIDEMIC: One month after the deconfinement, the circulation of Coronavirus Covid-19 is in decline in the Pays de la Loire region

  • More than 41,000 screenings have been carried out since May 11th in the Pays de la Loire.
  • The incidence rate of positive cases is decreasing, as is the rate of positive tests.
  • However, barrier gestures and social distancing remain essential, insists the ARS.

Certainly, the Covid-19 is “still present in our territory” and it is premature to declare victory. But the latest indicators of the spread of the virus in the Pays de la Loire are reassuring, the regional health agency revealed on Tuesday. Four weeks after the deconfinement, the regional incidence rate is falling (4.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days combined). The test positivity rate (1.54%) is also decreasing, while more than 41,000 screenings have been carried out since May 11th. The same decline in the volume of patients presenting to emergency departments or SOS doctors for suspected Covid-19.

As for the hospitalizations in progress linked to the coronavirus, they fall below 300 and the majority of them now concern follow-up care. Fourteen people are in intensive care in hospitals in the region, compared to nearly 200 two months earlier.

Nine clusters under surveillance

“We have taken an important step,” analyzes Dr Pierre Blaise, director of the regional health project in the Pays de la Loire. The circulation of the virus is extremely low. The first phase of deconfinement did not trigger a new wave and, if there are a few clusters, we can consider that we have control over what is going on. Pierre Blaise remains cautious, however. “We don’t know how long this mild situation will last. We are entering new phases of deconfinement. The summer holidays could be conducive to new promiscuity. This is why we must maintain all our vigilance. ”



Nine cases of contamination are still under surveillance, reports the ARS. Including three new ones: a school in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (Vendée), a home for disabled young people (Loire-Atlantique) and unaccompanied foreign minors in the Nantes conurbation.

In total, since February, 771 people have died from the coronavirus in Pays de la Loire, including 316 in nursing homes or homes for people with disabilities.

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