The containment and curfew in force since July 30 in Martinique have been extended by three additional weeks, until September 19 inclusive, to fight against the spread of the new coronavirus.
According to a press release from the Martinique prefecture, the confinement and curfew in force since July 30 on the French island will last three additional weeks, until September 19 inclusive, with the aim of stemming the Covid pandemic. 19. “The current health situation does not allow the lifting of the current measures”, argued the prefect Stanislas Cazelles.
To decide on this extension, he relied on the number of new cases of Covid-19 identified between August 16 and 22 (i.e. 3,211 new cases) and on the state of saturation of hospitals, considered worrying. Indeed, the waiting list for a place in intensive care is still very long despite a capacity increased from 20 to a hundred beds. The incidence rate fell over seven days to 875 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 1,200 per 100,000 inhabitants previously.
This decision of the prefect comes when Pascal Jean, the rector of the academy, launched consultations on the advisability of maintaining the start of the school year on September 2. The educational unions like those of the parents of pupils have already requested a postponement of this start of the school year, even if it means readjusting the school holiday calendar.
Martinique has recorded 405 hospital deaths due to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 162 between August 9 and 22. 22.51% of inhabitants aged 12 and over have completed their vaccination course, significantly less than in the country as a whole.