The state of emergency should play overtime in Martinique. The government tabled, this Tuesday, October 26, an amendment, which “extends until December 31, 2021 including the state of health emergency declared on the territory”. Reason given: the health situation, “still very fragile” and which makes necessary “the maintenance beyond November 15, 2021 of measures prohibiting leaving the home, which only the state of health emergency allows to take”.

“This territory, like the rest of the West Indies, was confronted this summer with a large-scale epidemic wave”, with an incidence rate over seven consecutive days which exceeded 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, recalls the amendment. “If the circulation of the virus has since decreased, it remains however at a high level, with an incidence rate which has remained between 120 and 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last three weeks, while a cover- fire between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. is still in effect, “the text reads.

As a result, “the improvement of the hospital situation is very slow, with still 86 patients hospitalized for Covid-19, including 29 in critical care”. “At the same time, vaccination coverage, although increasing, remains at a level too low to ensure sufficient protection of the population against the great virulence of the Delta variant, with only 42% of adults having received at least an injection “, adds the text.

According to this amendment, “the measures taken to protect the population will be permanently adapted and proportionate to the health situation and, as was done in Reunion on October 15, 2021, the state of health will be terminated early. health emergency if the application of this regime is no longer necessary “. The “health vigilance” bill, which includes the possible use of the health pass as well as other measures to curb the Covid-19 epidemic, will be examined Wednesday in committee in the Senate and then in session on Thursday.

As of October 22, the incidence rate stood at 136 per 100,000 inhabitants in Martinique compared to 85 in the capital.

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