France sends aid to Guadeloupe and Martinique, islands struggling with COVID-19 wave – .

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France sends aid to Guadeloupe and Martinique, islands struggling with COVID-19 wave – .


Additional medical staff and oxygen supplies are arriving on the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which are struggling with an upsurge in COVID-19 infections.
Sixty deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in hospitals in Guadeloupe since August 9 – out of a total of 357 since the start of the pandemic. The incidence rate has reached 1,912 cases per 100,000 population, with the Delta variant currently accounting for over 92% of new cases.

At the CHU, 40% of the beds are now occupied by COVID patients, and the morgue is saturated, General Director Gérard Cotellon told AFP on Wednesday.

Nearly 70 patients are in intensive care, the regional health agency (ARS) reporting that 98% of them have not been vaccinated.

In Martinique, the incidence rate stood at 1,148 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Wednesday.

The French navy ship Dumont d’Urville arrived on the island on Wednesday to deliver more than 100 tons of medical oxygen. The island is not currently experiencing an oxygen shortage, but has requested additional supplies to avoid possible tensions, authorities said.

The ship is due to leave on Thursday to supply Guadeloupe.

The two islands also welcomed more than 100 health workers from mainland France on Wednesday and further reinforcements are expected on Friday, the Ministry of Health announced.

Medical evacuations are also expected to intensify. It is “more than necessary to relieve the services of the CHU” in Guadeloupe, told the press the head of the local ARS, Valérie Denux.

According to her, the Ministry of Health is currently finalizing plans to transfer eleven patients in the coming days.

At the start of next week, “we will do another rotation and then we will speed up the medical evacuations as needed because the wave is very strong and is catching up with us”, she added, anticipating several evacuations per week.

Another rotation should be done early next week. “Then we will speed up the medical evacuations as needed because the wave is very strong and is catching up with us,” Denux said.

Only 20.9% of Guadeloupe’s adult population is fully vaccinated. In Martinique, 19.94% of people over 12 are now also fully protected.

Across France, 83% of adults have received at least one dose and 73% are completely stung.

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