Covid-19: Guadeloupe steps up containment by three weeks

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Faced with a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic due to the Delta option, the prefect of Guadeloupe announced on Wednesday an extension of the curfew, the closure of “nonessential” stores, and a restriction on walking outside of 5 km from home. … Tightening of conditions of detention will take place from Friday.

The containment will be tightened in Guadeloupe from Friday through September 1 to “break the momentum” for Covid-19 hitting the island, Prefect Alexandre Rochatt said on Wednesday August 11.

“The epidemic is becoming catastrophic, and the situation is forcing us to take extremely tough measures now,” admitted the prefect during a press conference with the Director General of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Valerie Denux.

“We must very quickly stop the growth of the epidemic,” which is reaching “incidence levels never before known anywhere else in the French Republic (…) with almost 1,900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants,” he added, expecting that the target would soon be exceeded. 2,000 cases.

No luggage room for tourists

To stop this wave of coronavirus, the prefect announced an extension of the current curfew from 7:00 pm (8:00 pm) to 5:00 am. Residents will no longer be able to leave the 5-kilometer perimeter around their home without permission.

The so-called “secondary” shops will be closed from 7:00 pm on Friday, but the beaches will remain accessible, but only for sporting purposes, even if Alexander Rochatt has warned that he could close them this weekend if this measure does not take place. not respected.

As for tourists, he did not invite them back, as he did on Martinique, an island where restrictions were tightened: “I don’t want to give instructions on the departure of tourists, but I just point out that it seems inappropriate for me to“ take into account ”. “tourist stay” in Guadeloupe, he said.

Overcrowded hospitals

According to Valerie Denux, 17 people have died this week, with the Delta variant accounting for 90% of cases. “The hospitals are overcrowded,” she admitted. “We are reorganizing the healthcare system, dedicating almost all our hospitals and clinics to Covid.”

“It is clear that we continue to provide assistance in life-saving emergencies, but it is clear that this is done to the detriment of other patients who need more traditional care,” she admitted. “Today we have moved from 27 intensive care beds to 67. To go further, we are potentially considering an increase to 130 beds,” she explained.

Foreign Minister Sébastien Lecorno arrived in Guadeloupe on Tuesday evening, accompanied by 274 guardians and 60 firefighters, who are due to travel Thursday to Martinique, where Health Minister Olivier Veran is also expected.

With AFP

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