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Faced with the fourth wave of Covid-19, the Corsican Regional Health Agency activated the “white plan” on Tuesday to increase hospital capacity, the day after the announcement of a reconfinement of at least three weeks in Guadeloupe.
While Martinique has been reconfined since Friday and Guadeloupe is preparing to be so from Wednesday evening to deal with the fourth wave of Covid-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex chaired a meeting on Tuesday, August 3. of the Interministerial Crisis Unit, deciding the deployment of 10 additional resuscitation beds in the West Indies by the Army Health Service (SSA) from mid-August.
Despite the reinforced braking measures and the resources already deployed, the health situation in the Antilles-Guyana zone continues to deteriorate.
The interministerial crisis unit that I chaired this afternoon will immediately deploy additional resources:
– Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) August 3, 2021
In total, there will be 20 additional intensive care beds in the West Indies, “a medical and logistical feat” according to Defense Minister Florence Parly. If businesses remain open, as well as restaurants at noon, bars will all be closed, such as gymnasiums, stadiums and swimming pools. It will be forbidden to picnic on the beaches.
In Martinique, the first army reinforcements arrived on Tuesday in order to increase “the reception capacity in intensive care,” said the Armed Forces in the West Indies. “In ten days, a new plane will take off with military personnel and medical equipment,” said Florence Parly.
Three Covid patients in intensive care were transferred to mainland France from Martinique on Sunday and were taken care of in AP-HP establishments in Ile-de-France.
Across France, the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 continues to climb in the face of an outbreak of the Delta variant, according to figures released Tuesday by Public Health France. Critical care services had 1,331 patients (including 218 admissions in 24 hours) against 1,232 patients on Monday and 978 a week ago.
The number of Covid patients in hospital is now 7,974, 134 more than Monday and 837 more than a week ago. Admissions over the past 24 hours are also on the rise, with 818 patients against 688 on Monday, the highest figure since the end of May. The disease has killed 57 people, according to figures released Tuesday, bringing the total toll of this epidemic in France to more than 112,000 deaths.
Concern in Corsica
“Viral circulation and more particularly of the Delta variant” has particularly accelerated in Corsica “with an incidence rate of 650 per 100,000 inhabitants” and “830 per 100,000 inhabitants in Haute-Corse”, indicated the ARS. in a press release. The Isle of Beauty experienced this weekend the biggest tourist crossover of the year with more than 130,000 people arriving or leaving.
In Bastia, hospital occupancy rates exceed 79%, “making it necessary to open up new capacities,” said the health agency. The activation of the white plan, “for a minimum period of four weeks”, makes it possible to mobilize all health personnel in order to increase the number of intensive care and hospitalization beds for Covid patients.
Restrictive measures were put in place from mid-July in Corsica to fight against the upsurge of the epidemic with in particular the return of the compulsory mask in the main towns and the ban on gathering more than ten people in natural areas. after 9 p.m.
Sixty-five people are currently hospitalized including 14 in intensive care or resuscitation, 17 more than Friday, according to the ARS. Regarding vaccination, 61.2% of the island population received a first dose and 49.8% both doses.
Reunion Island also resumed this weekend with partial confinement during the day for two weeks, reinforced by a strict curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Faced with the epidemic rebound everywhere in France, the government announced on Tuesday “the reactivation of several levers of mobilization and support for caregivers in the face of the epidemic rebound”, including the increase in overtime by 50% and exceptional compensation for paid leave not taken for service reasons.