Strictly limited travel to overseas

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced Friday, January 29 that all trips to or from overseas will be subject, from Sunday, January 31, to an overriding personal or family reason, for reasons of urgent health or occupational health that cannot be postponed. In fact, the only novelty in this announcement concerns the date of entry into force of these measures in Guadeloupe and Martinique. Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu announced on Thursday the extension of these restrictive measures in the two West Indian departments from Tuesday, February 2.

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For these, the application of “compelling reasons” aims mainly to avoid the influx of travelers from France during the February holidays, which begin on February 6 for the first zone. During the end of year celebrations, Guadeloupe and Martinique had seen an influx of nearly 200,000 holidaymakers. Since January 18, travelers arriving in these two departments are also subject to a seven-day isolation at home, with the obligation to carry out a new PCR test at the end of this period. A first case of the English variant of Covid-19 was detected on Friday in Martinique. French Polynesia should also pass under the regime of “imperious reasons”.

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Mayotte is particularly worried

Elsewhere, this was already the case for Guyana, where the incidence rate had reached 280 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants in mid-January and where intensive care admissions continue to increase. The same is true for Reunion Island and Mayotte, because of the suspected presence in the region of the SARS-CoV-2 501.V2 variant which appeared in South Africa. A first case carrying this variant was detected on January 15. This number has since increased to 50.

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It is in Mayotte that the situation appears most worrying. Protective measures were taken on Saturday January 9 to limit the introduction of this variant on the territory. Flights from the eastern continental African states were suspended by the prefect on Thursday, January 14. In terms of health, there is a marked deterioration. The incidence rate fell from 50.8 positive cases at the end of December to 287.7, according to the latest bulletin from the Regional Health Agency (ARS), which reported 56 hospitalized patients, including six in intensive care. Five deaths linked to Covid have been recorded since the start of the year. Due to the spread of the virus, the prefecture and the ARS have taken a total containment measure in the municipalities of Pamandzi and Dzaoudzi-Labattoir, on Petite-Terre, and in Bouéni, on Grande-Terre, from 28 january and ” For an undetermined time “.

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