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Martinique confined again, its hospital center saturated – Coronavirus


“We are worried, the health situation is worsening and the covid-19 figures are exploding”, assured at a press conference Olivier Coudin, the deputy director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), and the prefect of the island, Stanislas Cazelles.

“This increase has repercussions on the number of admissions to emergencies, hospitalization and intensive care. The CHUM (University Hospital of Martinique) has reached a level of saturation ”, also specifies a press release from the prefecture of Martinique.

As a result, the curfew, which was in effect in Martinique from 9 p.m., will be brought forward to 7 p.m., until 5 a.m., with stricter traffic conditions, according to the prefect, who recalls that ” The first confinements had made it possible to considerably lower the rates of contamination: 45% on average ”.

Curbing the virus appears all the more urgent, as the population of Martinique is less immune, generally older, and therefore more fragile.

Return of certificates

Stanislas Cazelles specified that it would be necessary to bring a certificate to move beyond a radius of more than 10 km from home. He also indicated that all businesses would remain open, the wearing of masks being generally respected, but that restaurants would, on the other hand, be closed. For the latter, as well as the sports halls and sports venues covered, special covid partial unemployment and the solidarity fund will be maintained, specifies the prefecture.

Martinique has gone from 2,241 positive cases last week to 3,537 cases, according to the prefecture which specifies that the upward trend is confirmed with 1,100 positive cases already recorded on the first two days of the week. The incidence rate goes from 280 cases to 995 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the prefecture.

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“Curbing the virus appears all the more urgent, as the population of Martinique is less immune, overall older, and therefore more fragile, than those in regions where covid-19 has circulated more and where the vaccination rate is higher” , underlines again the prefecture.

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