The French government announced on Wednesday state of sanitary emergency in the French overseas territories: na Guadeloupe, Guyana, Mayotte, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemywhere because of variant of the Omikron coronavirus circulation has increased significantly.
The state of emergency was introduced by a decree. The decree states that “given the hospital capacity of these territories and the extent of vaccination of their populations, the current wave of the COVID-19 epidemic is a health catastrophe threatening (…) the health of the population (…)”. Reunion and Martinique have been in a state of health emergency since December 27.
On Guadeloupe the infection rate was 1,820 per 100,000. inhabitants, which means an increase of 549 percent in the last seven days. Guadeloupe has been shaken by public protests for a month and a half, in particular against the obligation to vaccinate medics and emergency services.
40 percent the island’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Guyana, the percentage of seizures is 31%.
‘With this level of vaccination coverage, the risk of developing severe forms of the disease increases significantly and could rapidly saturate hospital structures in the various territories involved,’ the decree said.
Hospital pressure is already “very strong in Guyana, where.” the occupancy of intensive care beds exceeds 190%. initial capacity“- we read. In Guadeloupe the occupancy rate is 80 percent.
“The situation in France, hit by the wave Omicron, significantly reduces the possibility of sending meals or organizing medical evacuation “- emphasized in the decree. The decree allows prefects to introduce further sanitary restrictions, including prohibiting leaving their place of residence or curfew.