COVID-19 Lockdown Introduced In Martinique

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A COVID-19 lockdown went into effect Friday in neighbouring Martinique, which in one single week recorded more than 700 new cases of the virus.

There were 150 new cases in a single day during the last week hospital services are saturated, according to local news reports.

The lockdown will be in place for three weeks.

According to reports, a curfew has been in place for a few weeks from 10pm to 5am.

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Martinique is the only French overseas region where the lockdown, similar to one in France, has been introduced.

French President President Emmanuel Macron said the country risked being overwhelmed by a second wave of COVID-19, which will undoubtedly be harder than the first.

Daily Covid-19 deaths in France are at the highest level since April, and on Thursday, authorities reported 47,637 new cases and 250 new deaths.

The BBC quoted French media as saying that many Parisians have left the city – and their often cramped apartments – to spend lockdown in the countryside.

It reported that traffic around Paris hit record levels just hours before the new France lockdown came into force

Residents of Martinique for their part, flocked to supermarkets long before the measure was introduced to stock up on food and other items.

The authorities have expressed the hope that the COVID-19 situation will improve as a result of the lockdown.

With few exceptions, people have been urged to stay home and only venture out for essential matters such as buying food and attending to medical situations.

And although schools are open and people have been authorised to go to work, Martinique residents must have a document stating the reason for being out.

Police are out to enforce the measure.

There is a 135 Euro fine for non-compliance.

 

Headline photo caption: Shoppers flock to the supermarket ahead of Martinique lockdown

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