France saw a further increase in hospital occupancy and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for patients with covid-19, on a day when 166 deaths and 26.676 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
The number of new infections is one of the highest recorded in the country, according to data released this Wednesday by the National Health Agency, which brings the total number to 957.421 infections and 34.048 deaths.
There were 9.375 hospitalized for the disease in the past seven days today, compared to Tuesday's 8.754, and ICUs have 1.584 patients with covid-19 in their care, compared to 1.493 on Tuesday.
The positivity rate is now 13,7% of all tests performed, a number that has been increasing for weeks.
In addition, in France there are 1.852 active sources of contagion, 139 more than on Tuesday, of which 404 are in nursing homes.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran will hold a joint press conference on Thursday to announce new measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country.
On Tuesday, patients with covid-19 occupied 60% of intensive care beds in the Paris region, while today local media reported very serious hospital pressure in cities like Dijon or Clermon-Ferrand.
The Government announced today that it will ask Parliament to extend the health emergency until 16 February.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1,1 million deaths and more than 40,8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.