COVID-19: epidemiological update. Weekly report. Week 40. 14 October 2021.

Publié le 15 octobre 2021
Mis à jour le 15 octobre 2021

Key points

Epidemiological situation

In week 40, the situation continued to improve throughout the country but with a smaller improvement in the indicators and a stabilising trend in some regions.

  • Metropolitan France:
    • Stable incidence and hospitalisation rates in some regions
    • R number <1 but on the rise for the third consecutive week, indicating a higher circulation of the virus
  • Overseas France:
    • French Guiana: falling but high incidence rate, with overburdened hospital services
    • Martinique: persistent high incidence and hospitalisation rates


  • Delta variant identified in 99% of sequenced samples in Flash Surveys on 14 and 21 September 2021

Contact tracing

  • Slight decrease in the proportion of previously known cases identified as contacts in the last two weeks
  • Drop in the number of cases attending school


  • On 12 October, 75.6% of the French population had received at least one vaccine dose, and 73.5% were fully vaccinated (Vaccin Covid data)
  • CoviPrev Survey (28 September-5 October 2021):
    • Systematic adoption of preventive measures stable since the previous wave (31 August-7 September)
    • Stable proportion of respondents (13%) reporting their intention not to be vaccinated
    • 60% of respondents in favour of the health pass
  • Importance of combining different measures: vaccination, adherence to contact tracing, and respect of preventive measures