Covid numbers. Cases and deaths.. an assessment of the Corona virus in France

Covid France. The number of cases, the number of patients in hospitals, intensive care, deaths … Find out every day, from 7 pm, the latest official figures on the coronavirus epidemic in France.

Since the arrival of the coronavirus in France, government services (Santé publique France and have been monitoring the epidemic on a daily basis using a series of key indicators that are updated daily. Confirmed cases, deaths, hospitalized and intensive care patients, new admissions, positivity rate and infection rate… Find out the updated full report below. The Covid-19 numbers below are updated between 7pm and 9pm every evening.

Here are the latest available official data on Covid-19 in France according to daily reports from Public Health France and Data.gouv, based on data from SI-DEP tests, hospital data and feedback from medical and social institutions, including nursing homes. Several clarifications are necessary to properly understand these numbers. The table is detailed below:

provisions – Since January 16, 2022, the official publication of the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic (total backlog) “(e) has been suspended.n due to the extension of the period of data consolidation,” identifies Data.gouv. So the first number shown above is not an official number, but comes from an accumulation carried out through our care of non-consolidated data published daily via SI-DEP re-infections are counted as cases New.

Below is the number of Covid-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations, resuscitation and treatments observed in one form or another compared to the previous assessment (overall in the previous day). The latest data available in France according to daily reports from Public Health France and Data.gouv:

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From daily data on the Corona virus in France, we have developed several curves that allow us to monitor the evolution of the virus according to the number of confirmed cases, the number of hospitalized patients and patients in intensive care, the number of deaths in hospital and total deaths and the number of repatriated, similar to those who have recovered.

For the first graph, the curve represents the average daily recorded cases over 7 days while the bars represent the number of cases recorded in the last daily report. For other graphs, the curve represents the total (eg, total hospitalizations in progress) while the bars correspond to daily changes (hospital balances each day, new deaths, etc.).

Details of the number of cases: Public Health France specifies that “the data can be highly variable depending on screening activities (reducing activities on weekends for example, mechanically reducing the number of cases on Mondays) and deadlines for reporting results” (generally 24 in 48 hours). Several changes in the way positive tests are scored may also disrupt case counting:

  • The government and public health in France changed their way of collecting data on test results in mid-May 2020, through the SI-DEP project. Thus, the numbers recorded before and after May 13, 2020 are not completely comparable. Both the quantity and nature of the tests performed have evolved significantly. From a few thousand tests at the beginning of the pandemic, France went to more than a million tests every week and then to 2 million at the beginning of November 2020, which inevitably affected the numbers. In addition, at the height of the first wave, in March/April 2020, testing was mainly for critically ill people, who are generally hospitalized, with all patients asymptomatic or with few symptoms being excluded. So the actual number of Covid-19 cases in France was much higher than the estimated number of confirmed cases during this period.
  • Since mid-November 2020, the number of positive tests, in addition to PCR tests, includes the results of antigen tests.
  • A duplicate correction was made by Public Health France on May 20, 2021. While there have been more than 5.9 million cases in France since the beginning of the pandemic, this number has been revised to nearly 5.57 million, or 348,846 fewer cases. A clear correction on the curve above. others “Accidents” on the data stream have been reported several times by Public Health France.

Hospital admission details: It is necessary to distinguish here between the development of the total number of patients admitted to hospital at time T and new cases in hospital, that is, new admissions every day to the hospital (total). In one case, it is the balance, which takes into account admissions, but also discharges from the hospital (recovery or death). On the other hand, we are only talking about new admissions to hospital or intensive care with Covid over the course of one day.

The hospitalization data also takes into account patients who are hospitalized “with” Covid-19 and not “for” Covid-19. So they can take the patients who are in the hospital into consideration for another reason. Of all Covid-19 patients, up to a third may have been hospitalized for a reason other than Covid-19 (but SARS-CoV-2 carriers), according to detailed data provided by Public Health France made available since the end of January 2022.

Determining the number of deaths: Since May 2020, Public Health France has stopped updating Ehpad’s balance sheet daily. This report was updated every week at the end of the summer, then several times a week to finally settle down to an average of once or twice a week. So we initially preferred to erase the number of daily deaths in nursing homes so as not to distort the graphs. At the request of several readers, since November 13, 2020, we are again showing updates for nursing home deaths (dark gray bars) which cause artificial peaks during updates. Data errors and corrections have also been reported on several occasions by Public Health France since mid-March 2020 but were also noted at the end of 2021, sometimes resulting in exaggerated estimates followed generally negative changes in the number of deaths.

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The Ministry of Health, from preliminary data, calculates a series of statistics on the development of Covid-19 in the country. Four particularly important indicators are presented below: the positivity rate for RT-PCR tests, the infection rate, the effective reproduction number and the occupancy rate of intensive care beds. If the former and the latter (the percentage of positive tests out of the total number of tests performed and the percentage of ICU beds occupied according to the country’s initial capacity) are easy to understand, then the other two types deserve a definition.

infection rate, represented by the second curve, is considered a major indicator of the virulence of the virus. This is the number of new cases of coronavirus diagnosed by PCR that occurred over the past seven days. This number is related to the population, that is, a rate expressed per 100,000 inhabitants.

reproduction number (R) Corresponds to the average number of infected persons per patient. If this number is greater than 1, it means that on average a person with Covid-19 infects more people than another, so the disease is progressing.

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Accuracy on positivity rate and infection rate: The French public health authority changed the way it calculates its main indicators, the infection rate and the test positivity rate on December 8, 2020. Adding antigen tests in the first indicator and then mechanically inflating the result of the calculation. The positivity rate decreased significantly. The reason this time comes from counting negative tests: If the same person takes several tests within 60 days and these are negative, then each is now counted. Previously, if a person tested negative several times in a row within 60 days, only the first test would be counted. His status did not change except in the case of a positive test.

The French public health authority explained in a press release that this new calculation method has proven to be more accurate because it takes into account the “spread of the virus in the tested population”. “Today, as the epidemic continues, it is common for the same person to take many tests, especially when previous tests were negative. In addition, knowledge has developed and the risk of infection again, which today is considered very low but possible after 60 days, should be able to identify him,” the health agency wrote at the time.

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