It was in the emergency room of the Cochin hospital in Paris, where Jean Casteux celebrated the New Year in a department full of Covid patients and threatened by the absence of contaminated caregivers.
Arriving at the Intensive Care Unit at around 11 p.m., the prime minister was received by AP-HP director Martin Hirsch. Of the twelve beds dedicated to Covid patients, eight were occupied.
His typical profile? “60 years old, hypertensive and overweight” described Professor Ellen Cario. “Tonight we only have Delta, no Omicron”, the doctor elaborated, while Martin Hirsch developed an average rate of Omicron in intensive care of 14%.
His hope, not yet confirmed, is that Omicron’s wrath “won’t make as many entries as his”.
Was he vaccinated or not? “We have vaccinated two doses and even triple immunised, but they have diseases elsewhere, such as those transplanted”, said Professor Cario.
Overall, they would be 24% in intensive care taking two or three doses, Martin Hirsch estimates, with a black point: Preventive and curative treatments for immunocompromised patients would work less for patients with the Omicron variant.
The prime minister was particularly concerned about the case of kidney transplant recipients. “Even three doses don’t work. We had found a solution with a treatment that works on Delta but not on Omicron,” he chimed in.
– Fantastic absence-
Hospital officials told the prime minister that their biggest fear was the “magnificent absence” caused by Omicron. In Neckar, 32% of employees are absent. “We went from 300 to 1,500 positive personnel at AP-HP in two weeks”, warned Martin Hirsch.
Caregivers have also asked Jean Casteux for specific training for intensive care nurses, a topic on which the prime minister has promised an action plan at the start of the school year.
“My only wish in 2022 is to stop visiting you regularly”, concluded the Prime Minister as he went to the emergency department at midnight. “It is very symbolic that I am celebrating the new year in a health establishment,” he said.
Previously, he had gone to the top of the Champs-lysées, where alcohol consumption is prohibited and where police were verbally raising the number for not wearing a mask – already at 200 in the evening, he said. Police didier lement. There are about 3,800 police and 2,400 firefighters and 9,000 including the military on the bridge in Paris for the night. The prime minister also deserved a gigantic megaphone performance.
Along with Paris Mayor Anne Hidlago and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, he also greeted Sentinel soldiers at the Trocadero Esplanade in front of the Eiffel Tower, illuminated in the colors of the European flag.
Jean Casteaux ends her tour of the news with a visit to the firefighters of Rousseau Barracks, where Interior Minister Gerald Darminin was waiting for them.
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