For the second week in a row, the weekly update from the Brittany Regional Health Agency (ARS) reports a “slight improvement” in the health situation in the region.
Indicators are moving in the same direction as last week. Contamination and the incidence rate have decreased in contrast to hospitalizations.
Fewer than 50,000 cases this week
47,801 new positive cases were registered in Brittany this week, compared to 54,548 last week. That’s a 12% drop. No slowdown or acceleration of the trend therefore as this drop parallels what the ARS recorded last Friday.
This second week of decline comes after a month of gains. The number of weekly new cases in Brittany falls below 50,000, as it did on February 11. Indicators then went into free fall after hitting record highs at the peak of the 5th wave in late January.
The third most affected region in France
The Breton incidence rate also fell for the second week in a row. It reached 1,535.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants this Friday. An 8% drop, slightly less pronounced than last week.
Brittany is currently the third most affected region in mainland France after Corsica and Normandy. Its incidence rate this week remains even higher than the national average (1,383.36 cases per 100,000 population).
More than four out of ten tests still positive
The positivity rate also continues (very slightly) to decline. It goes from 41.8% last week to 41.3%. A number that remains particularly high and whose decline is slowing. More than four out of ten tests are therefore still positive in Brittany.
50 dead in seven days
Despite these few points of improvement, hospital activity in the region continues to increase. 653 patients are currently hospitalized in Brittany for Covid reasons, that is 46 more in seven days.
In the ICU, two new admissions bring the total number of ICU patients to 46. A 24% increase in two weeks. 50 patients died this week. A level not seen since March 11th.
On the Cotes d’Armor
In Côtes-d’Armor, the situation continues to improve. While just 15 days ago the department was the hardest hit in mainland France, it is now 14th with an incidence rate of 1,564.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, up from 225.9 points in seven days.
The department recorded 8,496 new positive cases this week, compared with more than 10,000 last week. Côtes-d’Armor’s positivity rate is no longer even the highest in the region, although it remains at a very high level, with 42.6% of positive tests.
The situation is more opposite in Finistère, where the fall in the incidence rate is less pronounced than in Côtes-d’Armor. The indicator has lost only 89.7 points in seven days and now stands at 1,601.3. It is the 10th highest in metropolitan France.
13,857 new cases were identified by ARS Bretagne in Finistère this week, a small 6% drop in one week. The positivity rate (43.7%) is even increasing in the department, which means that the virus is circulating more than last week, regardless of the number of tests carried out.
The improvements are so minimal that one is almost tempted to say that the indicators are stable compared to those of last week in Morbihan. Contamination decreased by only 9% in one week, incidence rate decreased by 4% and positivity rate lost 0.1 point.
In the last seven days, 10,148 new cases were registered in the department, the incidence rate there is still the lowest in Brittany (1,429) and 42.2% of tests there were positive this week.
In Ille et Vilaine
ARS Brittany identified 15,300 new cases in Ille-et-Vilaine this week, compared to 18,045 last week. The incidence rate is down 11% to 1,539.5 from 1,729.1 last Friday.
Eventually, the positivity rate drops below 40%. In the department it is now 38.2%.