June 4, 2023

Covid-19: is France “the second country” which tests the most, as Jean Castex asserts?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – While France continues to beat daily test records, the Prime Minister, like his colleague in Health Olivier Véran, praised the ascendancy taken in this matter over our neighbors.

THE QUESTION. 168.21 million. This is the number of tests carried out in France over the whole of 2021, according to the latest figures from the Directorate for Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (DREES). With the end of the year celebrations, France even reached records: between the weeks of December 20 and 27, the number of tests jumped by 1.42 million, an increase of 20%, and between the December 27 and January 2, nearly 8.3 million samples were validated by a health professional. In total, more than 11% of the total tests for 2021 were carried out in the last 15 days of the year. Impressive figures, which place France at the top of the basket in terms of “testing”.

This ability to test massively, the Minister of Health did not fail to emphasize, Monday, January 3 on France Inter. “Eight million tests in a week is over a million tests per day. There is hardly a country that tests as much as we do», Welcomed the Minister. Thursday January 6, at the microphone of Jean-Jacques Bourdin on BFMTV, Prime Minister Jean Castex even affirmed that “France is the second country in the world to test“. “We can say “it’s not enough, there are queues, we have to wait”, all that is fair, but we put the package and we test a lot“, Continued the head of government. But if it is undeniable that France has considerably increased its capacities in recent weeks, is it, as our ministers assure us, among the very best nations in this area?

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