Covid 19: the health situation is deteriorating “very strongly” in Guadeloupe

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The health situation in Guadeloupe is deteriorating “very strongly” with an “unprecedented number” of admissions to intensive care, the prefecture of Guadeloupe and the regional health agency announced in a press release. The archipelago has been confined since Wednesday.

“The incidence rate is alarming with 1,108.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for 7 consecutive days compared to 875.6 cases last week,” indicates the press release released on Friday that reports 4,178 new cases registered in four days. and four deaths in Guadeloupe and one in Saint-Martin. . The positivity rate also increased to 24.6% for 16,968 people tested.

“This exponential growth of cases is putting our hospital system in great difficulties”, we can read in the release. This Thursday, the unprecedented number of intensive care admissions prompted authorities to begin medical evacuations to the metropolis. Two took place on Thursday and two more will take place this Saturday.

On this single day, the Pointe-à-Pitre hospital recorded ten additional entries in Covid resuscitation and three entries in non-Covid intensive care, while in recent days, the maximum number of entries in intensive care was four per day. “The acceleration is, therefore, considerable,” insists the press release that specifies that among patients in intensive care, “none are vaccinated.”

To date, 45 intensive care beds out of 48 are occupied at CHU Guadalupe, including 36 for Covid patients.

Faced with the outbreak of the epidemic, the regional prefect decided to take new measures and announced the closure of all restaurants from Monday at 8:00 p.m. Until now, despite the closure, unlike bars, restaurants were open at noon. Take away food and home delivery will continue to be possible.

Guadalupe entered her third lockdown Wednesday night, with a strict 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and travel restrictions.

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