Health emergency declared in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Mayotte, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy

Pointe-à-Pitre Hospital, Guadeloupe, July 30, 2021.

The government has declared a health emergency in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Mayotte, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy overseas. “Under the influence of the Omigron variant, the circulation of Covit-19 is experiencing a significant increase”, As per the order issued in the Cabinet on Wednesday, January 5th.

That is stated in the government “Given the hospital capabilities of these areas and the vaccine protection of their populations, the current epidemic of Govt-19 is threatening a health catastrophe. (…) People’s welfare “.

A health emergency is already in place in two foreign territories, Martinique and Reunion. From December 28th.

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In Guadeloupe, for example, on January 4, the incidence rate (an average of 100,000 citizens per week) was 1,820, an increase of 549% over the past seven days. The warning text for this indicator, which is used to measure the cycle of infection, is 50 cases per 100,000 population.

The Antilles archipelago, which was badly affected by the fourth wave of Govt-19 in July-August, was shaken for a month and a half. By a social protest, Especially against the vaccination duty of caregivers and firefighters.

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Only 40% of the population received a single dose of the vaccine by the end of 2021, and 31% in Guyana. “With this level of vaccine coverage, the risks of developing severe forms of the disease are greatly increased and hospital structures in the various regions involved will be able to rapidly enrich themselves.”, Underscores the mandate given to the Cabinet.

The pressure on the hospital is already there “Very strong in Guyana, where the occupancy rate of regenerative beds is 190% higher than the initial capacity”. He is a “Near 80%” In Guadeloupe, when the situation is on the mainland of France, It did not escape the epidemic Caused by the Omicron variant, “Significantly restricts the ability to send reinforcements or organize medical discharges”.

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World with AFP