It was an expected announcement, followed by a statement from the French Overseas Ministry immediately after the press conference between Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran. First of all, an observation. “Since the epidemic wave observed this summer in Martinique, the fulgurance and scope of which justified the declaration of a state of health emergency as of July 14, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to circulate actively in this region. territory, where the incidence rate measured over a period of seven consecutive days is still greater than 180 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while curfew measures are being applied. “
Viral circulation at a high level for several months, vaccine coverage still insufficient of the population (less than 40% of the inhabitants having received at least one dose of vaccine), the hospital pressure remains very high, notes the press release, “with a rate of ‘occupancy of resuscitation beds greater than 120% of the territory’s initial capacity, in a context where the health situation in mainland France makes it more difficult to send reinforcements or organize medical evacuations. “
To protect the population, the health situation imposes as well as measures prohibiting movement outside the home, which only the state of health emergency allows to take, continue to be implemented beyond December 31, 2021, date to which the state of emergency should in principle end in that territory.
“Given its level of circulation in Martinique and Reunion, including the Omicron variant, the hospital capacities of these territories and the vaccination coverage of their population, the covid-19 epidemic constitutes a health disaster endangering , by its nature and severity, the health of the population “, warns the press release,” justifying that the state of health emergency be declared there, so that measures strictly proportionate to the health risks incurred and appropriate to the circumstances of time and of place can be taken ”.
Covid-19: Jean Castex presented a decree declaring a state of health emergency in Reunion Island and Martinique