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South west France and Covid case rises: ‘We must stay vigilant’

France’s government spokesperson said that there had been a noticeable increase in cases in certain parts of these regions, which should not be ignored

Gabriel Attal

France's government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said that there had been an increase in Covid-19 cases in Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine recently Pic: / Shutterstock

There has been a “marked” increase in Covid-19 cases in Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France’s government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said this afternoon (June 2).

He was speaking after the government’s weekly health meeting concerning Covid-19.

“We cannot let our guard down,” he said.

“In Occitanie and in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, we are sometimes seeing marked increases in the circulation of the virus.”

Mr Attal said the reproduction rate had returned to above 1 in some areas, "which means that the epidemic is once again gaining ground."

The situation was particularly concerning in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, where the number of cases have increased by nearly 80% in one week, and to a lesser extent in Charente-Maritime, Lot-et-Garonne, Charente, Les Landes and Gironde. 

He said that this was an alert that should not be ignored.

Despite Mr Attal’s comments, the number of cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in both regions is lower than the national average. 

Occitanie has an average of 71 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people and Nouvelle-Aquitaine has 72. The national average is 91. 

In general, the number of new Covid-19 cases in France is decreasing. An average of 8,742 were reported each day in the past week, a decrease of 27% from the previous week, figures on show. 

Mr Attal said that 50% of all adults in France had now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

There are also now fewer than 3,000 people in intensive care units due to Covid-19, a drop of 18% from the week before.

Ile-de-France has the highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in metropolitan France, with 119.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur has the lowest, at 61 cases per 100,000 people.

Read more:

Covid France updates June 2: Moderna jab, holiday vaccines and more

Covid France: Alert as people relax guard and catch Covid after jab

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