Covid-19: second wave, patient transfers, “TousAntiCovid”… The recap of October 23

► Hospitals fear a second wave “worse than the first”

Provision of additional resuscitation beds, deprogramming of operations, cancellation of leave, call for volunteers: “Already in trouble”, the hospital rings the bell general mobilization so as not to be overwhelmed by the “Second wave” of the pandemic. This could indeed prove “Worse than the first”, estimated Friday, October 23 the Director General of Public Assistance – Paris Hospitals (AP-HP), Martin Hirsch.

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Unlike the first wave, the hospital will have to welcome patients with Covid but also other patients. It will also be necessary to deal with the lack of staff, while many caregivers are in a situation of burnout.

According to figures from Public Health France, the health situation continues to deteriorate in France with more than 41,000 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in 24 hours, a new record.

► First interregional transfers to relieve hospitals

Hospitals in Bordeaux, Poitiers and Brive will receive eight patients fromAuvergne Rhône-Alpes, announced Friday the ARS of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, region more spared. In Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, a territory severely affected by Covid-19, resuscitation services are facing a saturation.

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Eight patients suffering from Covid-19 were also transferred from hospitals in Roubaix and Tourcoing to the Lille University Hospital and the establishments of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Montreuil-sur-Mer and Amiens, during the night from Thursday to Friday. In Roubaix and Tourcoing, hospitals are facing a surge in the number of cases.

► Stammering beginnings for the “TousAntiCovid” application

The “TousAntiCovid” application has experienced a difficult start Thursday 22 October. In the evening, the new version of StopCovid was like this victim of very (too) many simultaneous activation attempts ”, said Secretary of State for the digital transition Cédric O in a tweet.

As of Friday, the problems with the app had been resolved, he said. It is now possible again “To activate it without problem”, in order to be informed in case of contact with a positive person coronavirus, to have information on the circulation of the virus around you or to know the places of screening. “TousAntiCovid” replaces StopCovid which had been downloaded only 2.6 million times since the beginning of June.

► The evolution of GDP in the last quarter “risks” being negative

The evolution of the French gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to pick up again on the decline in the last quarter, warned the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on Friday, on Europe 1. In question, the second epidemic wave and the curfew now imposed in 54 departments. He also indicated that the economic support measures decided for the departments subject to the restriction represent “An overall cost of just over 2 billion euros “.

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The Minister assures however “That there will be a strong rebound in the French economy in 2021 and that in 2022 we will be able to recover our economic development figure of 2019”.

► More than three million cases in Spain

The “Real number” of people infected with Covid-19 in Spain since the start of the pandemic “Exceeds three million”, said the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez on Friday.

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Yet official figures show a million cases. This difference can be explained by the fact that the proportion of positive people detected was very low at the start of the pandemic, many were therefore not counted. Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19, has recorded nearly 35,000 deaths.


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