France has announced that it will end the state of emergency declared in July in Reunion, its department in the Indian Ocean, as cases of Covid decline. The other overseas territories do not experience the same drop in cases.
He said he made his decision because the level of vaccination on the island was “insufficient” and hospitals were feeling pressure.
The island was closed until September 15 and the curfew was lifted on October 4.
The state of emergency will be lifted on Friday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday, after a ministerial meeting during which a bill was presented to extend the possibility of the health pass. Covid throughout France until July 2022.
Covid cases have been particularly high in the French overseas territories, where vaccination rates have not been comparable to those on the continent.
The state of emergency in French Guiana will be extended until December 31. The pandemic there “appears to be easing, but the situation is still tense,” Attal said.
In the Caribbean island of Martinique, Covid cases have started to rise again, after declining for eight consecutive weeks.