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.
With indicators moving in the same direction as In the past week. The contaminations and the incidence rate have decreased, unlike hospitalizations.
Less than 50,000 cases this week
47,801 new positive cases have been registered in Brittany this week, compared to 54,548 In the past week. That’s a 12% decrease. There is no deceleration or acceleration of the trend therefore, since this drop is equivalent to the one registered by the ARS last Friday.
This second week of decline comes after a month of rise. The number of new weekly cases in Brittany falls below 50,000, as was the case on February 11. The indicators were then in free fall. after hitting all-time highs in the fifth wave in late January.
Third most affected region in France
The Breton incidence rate also fell for the second consecutive week. This Friday reached 1,535.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. A fall of 8%, somewhat less pronounced than last week.
Brittany is currently the third most affected region in mainland France, behind Corsica and Normandy. Its incidence rate remains this week even above the national average (1,383.36 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
More than four in ten tests are still positive
The positivity rate also continues its (very slight) decline. It goes from 41.8% last week to 41.3%. A figure that continues to be especially high and whose decline is slowing down. Therefore, more than four out of ten tests remain positive in Brittany.
50 deaths in seven days
Despite these few points of improvement, hospital activity continues to intensify in the region. Currently, 653 patients are hospitalized for covid in Brittany, that is, 46 more in seven days.
In intensive care, two new admissions bring the total number of patients in critical care to 46. An increase of 24% in two weeks. 50 patients died this week. A level that had not been reached from March 11.
On the Côtes d’Armor
The situation continues to improve in Côtes-d’Armor. Although the department was the most affected in mainland France just 15 days ago, it is now in 14th position, with an incidence rate of 1,564.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, down from 225.9 points in seven days. .
The department recorded 8,496 new positive cases this week, compared to 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% positive tests.
More contrasted situation in Finistère, where the decrease in the incidence rate is less clear 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 tenth highest in metropolitan France.
ARS Bretagne identified 13,857 new cases in Finistère this week, a small drop of 6% in one week. The positivity rate (43.7%) is even on the rise 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 would almost be tempted to say that the indicators are stable compared to last week in Morbihan. The contaminations fell only 9% in a week, the incidence rate fell 4% and the positivity rate lost 0.1 points.
There have been 10,148 new cases recorded in the department in the last seven days, the incidence rate remains the lowest in Brittany (1,429) and 42.2% of tests there were positive this week.
ARS Brittany identified 15,300 new cases in Ille-et-Vilaine this week, up from 18,045 last week. The incidence rate drops 11% from 1,729.1 last Friday to 1,539.5.
Finally, the positivity rate drops below 40%. Now it is 38.2% in the department.