France’s abroad territory of Guadeloupe is to return to partial lockdown for not less than three weeks due to a “catastrophic” surge in COVID instances, officers introduced Monday.
The announcement comes days after Martinique, one other French Caribbean island 190 kilometres (120 miles) to the south, returned to lockdown on Friday for not less than three weeks.
And the French island of Reunion entered a partial two-week lockdown this weekend, together with a 6:00 pm to five:00 am in a single day curfew.
From Wednesday night Guadeloupe will return to an 8:00 pm to five:00 am curfew, with journey in the course of the day restricted to a 10-kilometre radius, prefect Alexandre Rochatte informed journalists.
The measures had been “indispensable” to cease the surge in COVID instances, he mentioned.
“We are in a catastrophic situation,” mentioned Valerie Denux, director common of Guadeloupe’s regional well being company.
“We have passed 3,000 cases a week,” she mentioned, including that COVID instances had multiplied by greater than 10 over the previous three weeks.
Denux additionally appealed for assist from any certified medical professionals on the island—together with these on vacation there.
While outlets will keep open on the island and eating places will be capable to serve at lunchtime, all bars, gyms, stadiums and swimming swimming pools can be closed.
Nearly 53 % of the French inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated, and 63.5 % have acquired one shot, however the figures are considerably decrease within the French abroad territories.
None of the 22 sufferers at the moment in intensive care in Guadeloupe had been vaccinated, mentioned Denux.
Music followers are already mourning the dying of Guadeloupean musician Jacob Desvarieux, the co-founder of Caribbean band Kassav’, who died of COVID final week in a hospital at Pointe-a-Pitre, the island’s largest metropolis.
News of the most recent curfew announcement got here hours after President Emmanuel Macron appealed to folks to get themselves vaccinated in a message on Tik Tok and Instagram.
He was talking after an estimated 200,000 folks demonstrated throughout France on Saturday, a lot of them hostile to vaccination.
On Saturday night time, a vaccine centre on the French Caribbean island of Martinique was set alight.
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