Martinique’s prefect, Stanislas Cazelles, on Wednesday announced a new confinement of the island from 7 pm on Friday for a period of at least three weeks.
“We are concerned, the health situation is deteriorating and the Covid-19 figures are exploding”, assured Olivier Coudin, deputy director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), and Stanislas Cazelles, at a news conference.
“This increase has affected the number of emergencies, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions: CHUM (University Hospital Center of Martinique) has reached a level of saturation”, a press release from the prefecture of Martinique also specifies. .
As a result, the curfew in Martinique, effective from 9 p.m., will be reduced from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. with strict traffic conditions, according to the prefect who recalls that “the first confinement made it possible to significantly reduce contamination rates: 45% on average”.
Stanislas Cazelles specified that a certificate would be required to proceed beyond a radius of more than 10 km from home.
He also indicated that all businesses would remain open, with the wearing of masks generally respected, but restaurants, on the other hand, would remain closed. For the latter, as well as covering sports halls and sports venues, a special COVID partial unemployment and solidarity fund will be maintained, the prefecture specifies.
Martinique has increased from 2,241 positive cases last week to 3,537, according to the prefecture, which specifies that the upward trend has been confirmed with 1,100 positive cases already recorded in the first two days of the week.
According to the prefecture, the incidence rate of COVID-19 rises from 280 cases per 100,000 residents to 995.
“Curbing the virus appears to be more necessary, as the Martinican population is less immune, usually older, and therefore more vulnerable, than areas where Covid-19 has been more transmitted and where vaccination rates are higher”, Outline the province again.
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