Has Mayenne found the solution to curb the epidemic?

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DECRYPTION – The strategy implemented in the department finally seems to be bearing fruit.

A biologist performs a PCR test in Laval, July 17, 2020.
A biologist performs a PCR test in Laval, July 17, 2020. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

If we were to take the analogy of a forest fire, we could say that the fire is now under control in Mayenne. This does not mean that it is completely extinguished nor that new fires are impossible, but the concern of the “firefighters” of the regional health agency (ARS) is no longer the same as there was. one or two weeks. The incidence rate of Covid-19 on a rolling week (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 7 days) has fallen back to around 50, after peaking at more than 150 between July 18 and July 24. This is reassuring news which shows that the intensive screening strategy put in place in the department ended up bearing fruit, at a time when we were beginning to doubt it … This would show that by taking measures very quickly to stemming the spread of the virus it is possible to control the epidemic. The results of the Mayenne outbreak, with seventeen people hospitalized, including two in intensive care and only one death

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