“After months of calm, we are facing a resurgence. The incidence rate exceeds 570 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a reproduction rate R which stands at 1.2”, detailed the spokesperson. of the government, Olivier Véran, at the end of the Council of Ministers.

The epidemic has led to “an increase in hospitalizations (with) 5,300 people currently hospitalized for Covid and more than 500 (who) are in critical care”, he added.

“So it is again a call for vigilance, to wear a mask when you are in a difficult situation or potentially exposed to the risk of contamination”, to “get tested” and to “carry out a vaccination reminder” for the populations. elderly or at risk, according to the government representative.

“Do not delay because we are in the phase of increasing contamination”, he insisted, inviting fragile people to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the same time as against the flu. “These two vaccinations are fully compatible,” he stressed.

In this regard, the Council of Ministers validated the formal installation of the “Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks” (Covars) chaired by the immunologist Brigitte Autran. He succeeds the Scientific Council which ceased to exist with the lifting of the state of health emergency at the end of July.