What if the peak of the seventh wave had finally passed? It has been a few days, reported Le Monde on July 15, 2022 on its site, that the incidence rate has been falling slowly. This is not the only reassuring indicator, informs Pascal Crépey, teacher-researcher in epidemiology, contacted by our colleagues. “There has been a gradual slowdown in the number of new cases for several days. This slowdown also occurs with a one-week lag with the start of the school holidays; however, we know that the holidays rather have a braking effect on the dynamics of the epidemic,” he said.

However, other questions remain less reassuring. Evidenced by a recent article in Liberation concerning the new variant BA.2.75… which would have already been able to settle in France. Israel, explain our colleagues, has indeed detected two new people infected with this variant on their return from France. Unfortunately, this new form of the Covid-19 coronavirus has everything it takes to worry the health authorities, underlines the press title, which evokes a very particular distribution dynamic.

It seems “to be able to circumvent the defense built against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus more easily thanks to small specific changes”, indeed indicates the Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in a recent press release.

In the current state, the World Health Organization (WHO) did not wish to comment on the question of its transmissibility or that of its dangerousness. “It seems to be becoming the dominant strain in India – the question is whether it will become the dominant strain anywhere in the world,” summed up the director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva.

For the time being, it is clear that the number of hospitalizations observed in France is tending to stabilize or fall in a certain number of departments, informs CovidTracker on July 19, 2022. The list in our slideshow below.