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Number of French COVID-19 ICU patients falls despite record infections

Number of French COVID-19 ICU patients falls despite record infections

Medical staff work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for COVID-19 patients at Emile Muller GHRMSA Hospital in Mulhouse, France, Dec. 16, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PARIS, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in France has fallen for the second day in a row despite a record infection rate, health ministry data showed on Friday.

France reported that 3,895 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care on Friday, 44 less than Thursday, and the second consecutive decline, despite the seven-day moving average of new infections hitting a new high of nearly 294,000 on Thursday.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 rose by 357 to 24,511, but the week-over-week increase of 13.5% was the lowest since the beginning of the year.

France’s Institut Pasteur said on Wednesday it expects a spike in new Omicron variant coronavirus infections in mid-January, followed by a spike in hospitalizations in the second half of January.

France also reported 191 new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 126,721.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Alex Richardson

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