A little over a year after the French government decreed the first generalized containment of the population, which will be followed by two other similar decisions, the pandemic appears far from being under control. On April 15, 2021, a sad threshold was even crossed in France: that of 100,000 deaths. And at the global level it is hardly better.
More than 100,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 in France
Public Health France, when the latest data on the Covid-19 pandemic was published on April 15, 2021, could not help but see what everyone assumed: France counts, as of April 15, 2021, 100,102 disease-related deaths, up 301 year over year. The symbolic bar is therefore crossed, while the government suggested that a tribute could be organized in memory of the victims of the virus.
France, which for several days has been the fourth most affected country in the world, and the most affected in Europe, has 5.187 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 on its territory, a number that is obviously lower than the reality. These are almost a million more cases than the UK and 1.5 million more cases than Italy. France also has several tens of thousands of new cases detected every day (38,045 on April 15, 2021) and a test positivity rate of 9.6%.
The bar of 3 million deaths and 140 million cases is near
Globally, too, the situation remains critical: the third pandemic wave that began in February 2021 results, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 700,000 new confirmed cases per day. 817,025 on April 14, 2021, for example, a day that places itself directly in the Top5 of the worst days since the start of the pandemic. Sars-CoV-2 will have contaminated, as of April 15, 2021, 138.851 million people. The 140 million mark could be crossed before Monday, April 19, 2021.
But it is above all at the level of the number of deaths that a new historical threshold will be reached: that of the 3 million deaths as a result of the disease, given here again underestimated. As of April 15, 2021, there are 2.984 million people killed by the virus, up more than 10,000 each day (13,333 deaths on April 14, 2021). Covid-19 will thus become the eighth deadliest pandemic in history, ahead of the plague episodes that hit Europe in the 17th century.