Extended in Martinique, reactivated in Reunion. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the state of health emergency, which allows the government to take the necessary measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, is in force in the two French overseas departments where the virus circulates the most. .

On Reunion Island, a state of health emergency will be declared. It will be extended in Martinique, details Jean Castex pic.twitter.com/YGPFpruIfr

In the two islands, the progression of the coronavirus and the appearance of the new Omicron variant worry the authorities. In a press release published after the head of government spoke, the French Overseas Ministry justified these new measures:

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, justifying that a state of health emergency be declared there (…)

In Reunion, the incidence rate exceeded 630 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on December 23, the highest since the start of the health crisis, in 2020. In Martinique, this rate is 228 cases per 100,000, in increase of 35% over one week, according to data from Public Health France.

The situation is also deteriorating rapidly in the other three overseas departments: the number of contaminations has increased by 133% in one week in Guadeloupe, by 126% in Mayotte and by 50% in Guyana. However, no specific measure has been announced for these territories.

The evolution of the health crisis raises fears of an overload of overseas hospitals, while the situation in metropolitan France – more than 100,000 cases of Covid-19 identified every day, “up to 250,000 daily cases” possible in early January, warned Jean Castex – will make it difficult to send medical reinforcements to the overseas territories.

The delay in vaccination makes the situation particularly perilous for the Ultramarins, the population being much less vaccinated there than in France.

Ref: https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr