The COVID-19 situation in neighbouring Martinique continues to deteriorate with the French Caribbean territory recording 4,226 cases of the virus between August 2 and 8 and 36 deaths, local reports say.
Health officials say it’s the seventh consecutive week of increased cases of COVID-19, a development which has prompted the Regional Health Agency to issue an urgent call to all eligible citizens to get vaccinated in order for the population to achieve herd immunity and ease the pressure on the health system.
Last Sunday, French Health Minister Olivier Véran appealed for volunteer doctors and nurses to travel to the overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique as hospitals on the two islands are struggling to cope with a COVID-19 surge.
In response to the appeal, 125 health care workers from France arrived in Martinique Tuesday night.
And although French soldiers from the army’s Medical Regiment have also been in Martinique to assist the Island’s main University Hospital, the medical facility has stopped staff taking summer holidays, it has been reported.
Martinique has imposed tough new measures in an effort to deal with the situation of runaway COVID-19 infections, including a curfew and forcing non-essential shops, hotels and beaches to close, while clamping down on people’s movements.
The authorities have also advised tourists to leave.
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