Covid-19: “on the threshold of its 3rd wave”, Guadeloupe is closing its major shopping centers

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Faced with the resurgence of the covid-19 epidemic, Guadeloupe is preparing to face a third wave (photo taken in September 2020 at the Pointe-à-Pitre hospital).

CORONAVIRUS – The island of Guadeloupe is preparing to face a third wave of the covid-19 epidemic, and announces the closing of certain shopping centers and strengthening reception in hospitals.

“The territory is on the threshold of its third wave, especially since the English variant is actively circulating,” explained Valérie Denux, director general of the ARS during the weekly press conference of the prefecture and the regional agency of health.

In total, 166 cases of covid-19 were identified in one week in the territory (against 137 the previous week) and 44 cases of English variants were confirmed in Guadeloupe.

Pressure on hospitals

The alert threshold for the incidence rate has been reached again, according to the indicators given by the ARS. “The reproduction rate is also above 1 and is increasing: it has just reached 1.28”, also indicates Valérie Denux.

At the hospital, “this Monday we triggered phase 1 of the scenario,” announced the medical director of the covid crisis, Doctor Bruno Jarrige, confirming information from local media.

At the CHU, eight of the ten beds reserved for covid patients in the infectious diseases department are occupied, ”explains Dr Jarrige. Same trend in the intensive care unit, where “out of 7 intensive care beds reserved (for patients) covid in normal times, 6 are occupied, whereas for weeks, this has peaked at two or three”.

New protocols

Prefect Alexandre Rochatte announced that he would “review the protocols with establishments open to the public so that the current gauges are applied everywhere”. “From March 1 until March 9, shopping centers over 20,000m2 will be closed, excluding supermarket activity,” he added, without excluding further strengthening of measures if the indicators were to increase further.

At the hospital, new beds will be “in the only geriatric rooms” and the self will be transformed into eight resuscitation beds “, as in the first two waves, according to an internal note from the CHU, published in the press.

In addition, collaboration with other hospitals on the island is resuming closely. “The situation is becoming tense, especially since Covid patients are being taken care of to the detriment of other patients” recalls Dr. Jarrige.

“No one wants to experience a third wave, particularly healthcare workers,” recalls Valérie Denux. In Guadeloupe the total number of deaths has amounted to “157 people”, according to the ARS, since the start of the epidemic.

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