Number of Kovid-19 tests return in mid-March

According to data published by the Ministry of Health on March 17, 2022, the number of Covid-19 screening tests again increased for the first time since mid-January, with over 2.5 million tests conducted last week.

Rebound observed across all age groups

it’s here”first increase in two months“: 2.52 million PCR and antigen screening were validated between March 7 and 13, 8% more than the previous week, the Department of Statistics (DREES) noted in a press release. After the fifth wave of the pandemic, tests Demand had increased from November to early January, reaching nearly 12 million with the start of the school year following the Christmas holidays. The rebound was related to all age groups, but it was “worn especially by the youngest“Last week, especially children and adolescents under 16 years old (+21%).

a rising wave

While most of the anti-Covid restrictions were lifted on Monday, the fast and prolonged fifth wave of the pandemic, apparently coming down in mid-March, has been on the rise for several days. Contamination reached 74,912 on Wednesday on a daily average in seven days, a level not recorded since February 22. The disease claimed 145 lives in 24 hours in hospitals on Wednesday, taking the total to 140,613 deaths in France since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.

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