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The paradoxical situation of Brest in the face of covid-19 calls for vigilance – Brest


If Finistère has an incidence rate of 55 new patients per 100,000 inhabitants, on the other hand, in Brest, the results are still on a plateau, between 129 and 127 since May 18. The covid-19 virus continues to circulate well in Brest. This high plateau is what worries the authorities as the Tour de France approaches, which will draw hundreds of spectators in Brest on Saturday, June 26.

This Wednesday, the Finistère director of the Brittany Regional Health Agency, Jean-Paul Mongeat, reported on the latest figures during a press point at the Morvan hospital, in the presence of Florence Favrel-Feuillade (general director of the CHRU de Brest), Prof. Eric Stindel (president of the establishment medical commission) and Ivan Bouchier (sub-prefect of Brest).

Lesser herd immunity

“Over seven days, the incidence rate in Brittany fell from 113 to 56. But the city of Brest remains at 127, while the Abers are at 74 and the Pays d’Iroise at 61”, notes Jean-Paul Mongeat , adding that the rate is even 131 among Brest residents aged 15 to 35. He is also worried about a lower collective immunity, since the department of Finistère and Brest was rather spared by the epidemic. “In the most affected regions, up to 20% of the population has contracted the virus and is therefore protected, against 2.5% in Finistère and 6% in Ille-et-Vilaine. We must therefore vaccinate more here to reach 70% of collective immunity. We asked for additional doses to speed up the vaccination ”.

However, hospitalizations have declined significantly, thanks to the vaccination. “The hospital system is breathing. But catching covid-19 is never trivial, even in young people who can go several weeks without taste and smell ”, warns Professor Eric Stindel. In recent days, the number of hospitalized covid-19 patients has fluctuated between zero and five at most and one or two, in intensive care.

Quick tests at Restos du cœur and rue de Siam

“While we are reaching a new stage of deconfinement, paradoxically, the situation is not as good in Brest. The population made an effort and we were spared. But this leaves a reservoir of expression for the virus and we observe relaxation and parties, without barrier measures. We will be vigilant on the respect of the rules ”, warns the sub-prefect Ivan Bouchier.

Seven clusters are monitored in Finistère by sports associations, families, businesses, etc. Getting tested remains important. Anti-covid mediators will offer rapid antigenic tests and self-tests this Thursday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Restos du cœur, at 27, rue Salengro; this Friday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., rue de Siam and at the port of Moulin-Blanc, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the communal hall of Daoulas.

Covid 19: daily figures and indicators in France and Brittany

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