Coronavirus: excessive mortality in Seine-Saint-Denis due to bad housing (France Info, 12 May 2020)

  • 'Coronavirus: the excessive mortality rate in Seine-Saint-Denis, explained by bad housing and by people from there being overrepresented in those who had to kept going to their work places, according to the ORS'

  • Original headline in French: Coronavirus : la surmortalité en Seine-Saint-Denis expliquée par le mal-logement et la sur-représentation d'habitants qui sont allés travailler, selon l'ORS

  • Published in France Info on 12 May 2020

  • Summary:

    • The Observatoire régional de santé (ORS) d'Île-de-France, the region where Paris is, has published a report that highlights that the department of Seine-Saint-Denis had the highest excessive mortality rate in the region between 1 March and 10 April 2020, with an increase of 118.4%.

    • The ORS said the people from there was more at risk of getting infected because "their housing conditions are quite unfavourable", with "homes that are smaller and house more people, have less space per person, and more children and infants".

    • The repor notes that in those circumstances it's quite difficult to implement protective measures, and that even if those are respected the fact that more people share the common spaces also contributes to the risk of infection.

  • Regulatory levels: regional (Île-de-France), national (French), EU (single market, regulations that restrict the construction of public housing in member states).

  • Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, France, Île-de-France, Seine-Saint-Denis, Observatoire régional de santé (ORS), mortality, public health

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