With 900 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the town of Arles, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, is one of the cities in France where the Covid-19 circulates the most. The very high attendance and the non-respect of the wearing of the mask, however compulsory, are the causes of this new rebound. The number of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 has almost doubled in one week, with patients in critical condition.
“At some point, we will stop taking care of other pathologies in an optimal way because we have to admit people who refuse to protect themselves against a disease into intensive care.“, says Karim Debbat, head of the intensive care unit at Arles hospital. All the patients admitted to intensive care are under the age of 65 and are not vaccinated, while the pulmonology department has been transformed into a Covid unit. In the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the incidence rate is three times higher than the national average. The first deprogramming of operations is scheduled for the end of August.