Covid-19: in Fort-de-France, Olivier Véran speaks of a “situation beyond compare”

Strict confinement, reinforcements for caregivers, and soon ” reinforcements reinforcements “: The executive ensures to put all the means in front of an extremely difficult health situation in the Antilles, while it tightens the screws in metropolitan France.

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First affected, the West Indies, which have record incidence rates, approaching 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Martinique and Guadeloupe are now completely reconfigured to try to slow down the arrival of patients at the hospital, where several dozen additional resuscitation beds are already open, sometimes installed even in operating theaters, as at the CHU de Guadeloupe in the coming days. .

The health situation is out of all proportion to what we have seen in previous waves and especially in metropolitan France. “, Said the Minister of Health Olivier Véran during a press point with his colleague from overseas Sébastien Lecornu after a visit to the CHU of Fort-de-France. ” We do not come out unscathed from a visit to this hospital », He admitted. ” The patients are young, very young. In the emergency room, they are 40-50 years old. In intensive care, they can be 20 or 30 years old “, He stressed, lamenting that none of them was vaccinated against Covid-19.

The minister called for vaccination: “ The time is no longer for doubt! “, He assured, while a hundred people demonstrated in front of the hospital.

The government sent equipment and reinforcements for 270 medical staff and 60 firefighters to the West Indies. But he seems to be running behind an epidemic which very suddenly took off, fueled by the Delta variant, a relaxation of barrier gestures and low vaccination coverage.

“Reinforcements from reinforcements”

We are already preparing the reinforcements of the reinforcements “, Explained Sébastien Lecornu, also launching” a serious call “To the West Indians to be vaccinated, the only solution” in the medium and long term “. However, the health ministry observed “ a stir in the West Indies, Martinique and Guadeloupe: there were 18% more injections on Monday and Tuesday compared to last week “. ” For two days, 1,000 people have been vaccinated daily, before it was 300 to 400 “, Confirmed to AFP Ruddy Valentino, doctor in intensive care at the CHU of Fort-de-France.

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The confinements will also deal a new blow to the local economy, tourists being asked to return to metropolitan France. ” We go back home, the holidays ruined “Lamented Nathalie, a 45-year-old mother at Martinique airport.

The situation is also gloomy in French Polynesia, which now has an incidence rate of over 1,500 and where a curfew has entered into force. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea will be confined, only on Sundays for now. Twelve nurses will leave Sunday August 15 to reinforce Papeete.

The fourth wave continues to progress in France: critical care services, which treat the most seriously affected patients, totaled 1,807 patients on Thursday (1,745 the day before and 1,420 a week earlier). In total, 9,465 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized.


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