Toulouse and Montpellier go into maximum alert zone from Tuesday

August 14, 2019 by No Comments

Toulouse and Montpellier will spend Tuesday, October 13 in the maximum alert zone due to the deterioration of indicators linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, the prefectures concerned announced on Sunday.

They thus reach most of the large French cities, namely Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Lille, Paris and Aix-Marseille, as well as Guadeloupe. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned Thursday that Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France, and Montpellier, “Which present worrying epidemic characteristics”, could pass into the maximum alert zone.

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The incidence rate has effectively exceeded, in these cities, the alert threshold of 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants and more than 30% of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid patients.

The maximum alert zone supposes in particular the closure of bars and sports halls, a reinforced protocol in restaurants or even reduced gauges in university amphitheatres and in shopping centers.

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Reinforced alert for 17 Toulouse municipalities

The prefect of Occitanie and Haute-Garonne, Etienne Guyot, had gathered in the afternoon by audio conference several mayors of the metropolis of Toulouse to inform them of this new stage of alert, synonymous with new restrictions.

“17 municipalities in the Toulouse metropolitan area go from the enhanced alert level to the maximum alert level. In addition, a number of municipalities […] who belong to the Toulouse living area will go to a heightened alert level ”, said the prefect in a press release.

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In Hérault, the 31 municipalities of the Montpellier metropolis are also on maximum alert as well as seven adjoining municipalities, announced the prefecture.

Friday, the Montpellier University Hospital, which has activated level 1 of its white plan since mid-September, announced the deprogramming of part of its operating activities “To cope with the influx of patients with Covid-19”.

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Before the weekend, 68 patients with Covid were hospitalized at the CHU, including 24 “In critical care services”. The hospital center has a total of 76 beds dedicated to Covid patients, he further specified.

In its latest bulletin published on Friday, ARS Occitanie reports 157 hospitalizations (including 47 in intensive care) in Hérault, and 145 (including 40 in intensive care) in Haute-Garonne.

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