‘1,000 hospitalisations a day’ France faces devastating fifth Covid wave as cases soar
As in numerous other countries across the continent, cases are rising steadily in France, although deaths remain relatively low. The Reuters Covid tracker shows more than 14,600 cases were reported on November 13 – the highest figure recorded since early September.
Olivier Véran told 20 Minutes: “The fifth wave is now hitting France.”
The Health Minister said this had been “delayed” by several weeks thanks to the large Covid vaccine take-up in France.
But he warned that the situation will get worse yet, with early modelling indicating a risk of more than “1,000 hospitalisations per day by January 2022”.
Mr Véran insisted that the remaining six million French citizens who have chosen not to receive a Covid vaccine must come forward and “protect themselves”.
He also suggested France could start vaccinating healthy young children against Covid, pending approval from European and then French medicines regulators.
He said: “The US and Israel have started vaccinating five to 11-year-olds, which will give us information on how it works in real life.
“The studies used by the US Drug Administration show that the vaccine in children is effective and safe.
“In the coming weeks, we expect the European Medicines Agency’s transparent, objective and exhaustive instruction. It will then be up to the French scientific authorities, probably by early 2022.”