The mental health of the French has “significantly deteriorated” between the end of September and the beginning of November because of the pandemic of the new coronavirus and the restrictions put in place by the government in order to contain the virus, the minister said on Thursday. of Health, Olivier Véran.
“A significant increase in depressive syndromes” was observed during this period for all socio-demographic profiles, declared the minister during the weekly press conference dedicated to take stock of the epidemiological situation in the country.
According to Mr. Véran, “it is even more marked for people declaring a difficult financial situation, but also for 18-24 year olds and finally, for people who already declare a history of psychiatric work”.
For the minister, the government has at no time neglected this dimension of the pandemic, indicating that the Executive remains vigilant in the face of a “real” psychological impact of Covid-19.
He also stressed that the epidemic dynamic has improved with a virus that “circulates less quickly” than before the implementation of the curfew and confinement at the end of October, while calling for not to relax vigilance. as much as nearly 4,700 coronavirus patients are currently admitted to intensive care.
For his part, Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health, stressed that France is facing “high epidemic pressure” which spares no European country, noting that in France, which has more than 2 million coronavirus infections since the start of the epidemic, the number of cases “remains particularly high”.
The pressure on hospitals also remains “very high” with 32,345 people currently hospitalized due to a Covid-19 infection, including 4,653 in intensive care.
Among them, more than 2,200 Covid-19 patients have been admitted to hospital over the past 24 hours, including 311 in intensive care, according to Mr. Salomon.
“The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic in France is 47,127, including 32,597 in hospitals and 14,530 in nursing homes or other medico-social establishments,” he said.
The official also reported 152 medical evacuations of patients seriously affected by Covid-19 to ease the pressure on resuscitation services in the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the most affected by the second wave.