The Minister of Health calls on young people to be cautious. While the number of new cases increases, Olivier Véran speaks of a "risky situation".
This Saturday, August 22, 2020, 3,602 new cases of Covid-19 were detected, reports Santé Publique France. Currently, there are 4,711 people hospitalized, including 380 in intensive care. Do these figures herald a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic? In an interview with Sunday newspaper, Olivier Véran dismissed this hypothesis by indicating that the figures were not the same as in February, but he stressed that the situation was "at risk".
For the moment, the possibility of a reconfinement is not "not on the agenda". However, with the "clear increase for five weeks" of the circulation of the virus, the Minister of Health calls for vigilance, and it is aimed in particular at young people. "The majority of transmissions are now done in festive situations of the youngest, where barrier gestures are not respected. I do not want to have an anti-youth discourse. On the contrary, in contrast to the rather irresponsible discourse of certain experts, I asks young people to protect themselves and to protect those around them ", says Olivier Véran.
"If the circulation of the virus further accelerates among the youngest, it could infect the elderly, who more often contract severe forms of the disease. We must at all costs avoid this situation which would put our health system under strain and would be extremely problematic ", emphasizes Olivier Véran, while recalling that young people can also have serious forms. Currently, the departments classified as high vulnerability are Loiret, Guyana, Hérault, Paris, Sarthe, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Bouches-du-Rhône.
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