French and Riviera News Wednesday 8th December 2021

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Hospitals in the PACA region introduce the "white plan" - The "white plan" has been introduced in hospitals in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region in order to deal with the pressure from the number of covid patients. The move sees the Regional Health Agency call on available caregivers to work in hospitals. With an incidence rate of more than 557 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest data from Public Health France and a positivity rate of more than 6.5%, the Agency has issued a statement saying that "the epidemic is now significantly impacting hospitals in the region".

The ARS has activated this "white plan" so that public and private hospital structures adapt "gradually and proportionately their organizations". According to Public Health France, 395 patients were hospitalized due to covid in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var (211 in the Alpes Maritimes and 184 in the Var). This represents nearly 4% of hospitalizations in France (12,714 nationwide). In the Var, the number of hospitalized patients has increased by nearly 30% over the last 7 days. The increase is less in the Alpes-Maritimes with an increase of 14% over the same period.

Concerning intensive care units, the situation seems to be under control in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes. According to data from Public Health France, 31 people were in intensive care on December 6th in the Var, and 40 in the Alpes-Maritimes.

On a national level 59,019 new cases of covid were recorded in France on Tuesday, a figure that had not been reached since November 3rd. The incidence rate is also constantly increasing, reaching 979 cases per 100,000 inhabitants among 6–10-year-olds, compared to 444 for the overall population. In an attempt to contain the epidemic, the government is focusing on vaccination. A record 687,000 booster doses were injected in 24 hours on Tuesday.

Meanwhile during a visit to the Cher region on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron exchange with French people on the problems of "everyday life" in the context of the fifth wave of covid reaffirming the governments intention to "avoid closure measures as much as possible". The Head of State claimed that the French are feeling the "fatigue" with many being "less optimistic than two months ago", under the