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French hospitals under stress due to fears of a triple epidemic

Paris, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) A new outbreak of Covid-19, bronchitis, and the seasonal flu are putting French hospitals under tension, facing a week of close surveillance of the situation as of Monday.

The eighth wave of contagions due to the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus recently was a problem of the past.

The pathogen, which affected the world for almost three years, seems to be heading towards a ninth wave, and experts have not yet reached a consensus.

On Friday, the French Public Health Agency warned of a new rise in the Covid-19 pandemic after reporting 374 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, an indicator that was around 250 in mid-November.

The other danger responds to an unprecedented impact in the last decade of bronchitis. It is an acute respiratory tract infection that occurs mainly in autumn and winter and affects children younger than one year.

Facing the crisis, Health Minister François Braun announced, on November 9th, the activation of an emergency plan in hospitals so as to reinforce resources of regional agencies and concentrate medical assistance centers to fight bronchitis.

The third threat concerns seasonal influenza so authorities have made a call to get vaccinated.