The incidence of Covit-19 in the total French population has surpassed the peak reached during the second wave, with 503.4 cases per 100,000 on December 10, 2021, and 501.46 cases per 100,000 on November 30, 2020, averaging over the past week. This is especially high for elementary and college students: it exceeds the 1% rate among 6-10 year olds (1,074.1 per 100,000 children) and 718.5 cases per 100,000 in 11-14 years.
For other age groups of school-going children, the incidence was 463.9 cases per 100,000 high school students (15-17 years old) and 482.2 (3-5 years) per 100,000 nursery schools, slightly below the French average.
To analyze these recording events, it is necessary to take into account the large number of screenings, especially during this fifth wave. In fact, “The more we test, the more positive signs we create and measure.”, Explained The world Daniel Lévy-Bruhl, Head of Respiratory Infections and Vaccines in Public Health France.
The 6-10 year olds were the most tested, with a screening rate of 20% on December 10 (19,295 per 100,000 accuracy, averaging last week), followed by 3-5 years (12,566 per 100,000) and 11-14 year olds (10,645 per 100,000).
Screening of all students is now systematic in nursery and primary school classes, and once one case is found the class will be closed for ten days from three cases.
This high incidence affects people under the age of 12 who have not yet been vaccinated. for now, Only a few thousand of them Was, and the vaccine is open, From December 15th, Estimated for 360,000 childrenAnd “in danger”. It can be generalized to all children over the age of 5 at the end of the month.
Vaccine coverage statistics are not available for ages related to school levels and it is not possible to differentiate the immunization rate of middle school students from high school students. However, as of December 12, Public Health France reported a complete vaccination rate of 0% for 5-9 year olds, 0.9% for 10-11 year olds and 76.6% for 12-17 year olds.
The “The delta variation has turned things upside down in terms of epidemiology, in terms of transmission capacity, Explains Daniel Levy-Proul. The spread was controlled for all vaccinated age groups. On the other hand, unless we vaccinate children, strong spread cannot be controlled.