Covid-19 epidemic continues to advance in New Caledonia – France 24

Published on: 09/27/2021 – 09:34 AMModified on: 09/27/2021 – 09:32

Noumea (AFP)

The Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread in New Caledonia, causing the death of around ten people a day and the saturation of hospitals, which received the reinforcement of a hundred caregivers from the health reserve this weekend, AFP noted.

Without covid for more than 18 months, the French archipelago in the South Pacific has faced an outbreak of Covid-19 cases since September 6 due to the highly contagious Delta variant. According to the latest figures released Monday by the local government, 31 people have died in the past three days, bringing the total to 93, almost all unvaccinated.

Since the beginning of the crisis, 6,379 cases have been identified, including 194 in the last 24 hours of Monday, and 52 patients are in intensive care at the Médipôle de Koutio, a territorial hospital center. The incidence rate of the virus is around 800 per 100,000 inhabitants.

“The saturation of our Covid beds is 85 to 95%. … Of the 500 hospital beds, there are 400 Covid beds, which is absolutely colossal,” Thierry RRB told radio on Monday. De Greslan, president of the Medical Commission for the establishment of the Médipôle.

Exhausted, the local medical teams received the reinforcement of 109 caregivers from the health reserve on Saturday, who arrived from metropolitan France and who joined the 70 caregivers already dispatched to the Caillou last week.

Authorities deplore “this epidemic of the unvaccinated,” while the vaccination campaign was launched on January 20, long before the introduction of the virus. Only 30.50% of the population has a complete vaccination schedule and 52% (140,612 people) received the first injection.

“The latest figures are not good and we regret that vaccination is slowing down,” Christopher Gygés, a member of the local government, told a press conference on the health situation on Monday.

While at the beginning of the epidemic the number of injections exceeded 5,000 per day, during the weekend they barely exceeded 683, despite the numerous vaccination centers available throughout the territory.

A demonstration against the obligation of vaccination, voted on September 3 by local elected officials, gathered 2,000 people according to the police and 6,000 according to the organizing group on Saturday.

Caledonians elected of all tendencies, loyal and separatists, deplored that the High Commissioner of the Republic authorized this meeting despite the strict confinement, in force until October 4.

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