In the last 24 hours, 313 patients with Covid-19 died in hospital, against 365 the day before, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 53,816.
The pressure also continues to slowly ease on hospitals: resuscitation counted 3,478 patients on Wednesday against 3,594 Tuesday, with 161 new admissions over 24 hours, against 234 the day before.
The number of people hospitalized with a Covid-19 diagnosis fell slightly, to 26,986 against 27,611 the day before, after a peak of more than 33,000 patients reached on November 16.
More than 14,000 new positive cases identified in 24 hours
The positivity rate (proportion of the number of positive people compared to the total number of people tested) is identical to that of Tuesday, at 10.8%. However, the number of new cases of contamination recorded in the last 24 hours, is up this wednesday. It stands at 14,064, against 8,083 the day before.
According to the most recent projections from the Institut Pasteur sent to AFP on Tuesday, between 1,600 and 2,600 patients should be hospitalized in intensive care in mid-December in France, or at the bottom of the range that the government has set itself to lift most containment measures.
Target of 5,000 new contaminations per day as of December 15
President Emmanuel Macron announced that confinement would be replaced on December 15 by a curfew, provided the health situation improved. The objectives to be achieved are a number of new contaminations down to around 5,000 per day, and a number of patients in intensive care, reduced to a range of 2,500 to 3,000 against 4,900 at the peak of the epidemic in early November. The government must unveil its vaccine strategy Thursday at 6.30 p.m. during its weekly press briefing.