COVID-19: Martinique To Begin Patient Transfers To France On Saturday

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Martinique will on Saturday begin transferring patients to France to ease the burden on the French Caribbean territory’s hospital, which is overwhelmed by a fourth COVID-19 wave, reports say.

According to Martinique.FranceAntilles, three patients will leave Fort de France for Paris aboard a medical flight.

And it has been announced that France will be sending forty soldiers ‘in the coming days’ to assist the medical staff of Martinique’s University Hospital.

The French Caribbean territory will go into a new lockdown on Friday evening lasting three weeks as the authorities scramble to beat back the latest explosion in COVID-19 cases, which has pushed the Island’s incidence rate to over 1,000 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

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The latest measures to address the increased number of infections come against the backdrop of concerns that only 15.9% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Just this week, Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, mentioned Martinique in reminding citizens here that  Saint Lucia is still in a vulnerable position based on high risk of the introduction of COVID-19 and the other Variants of Concern from  the neighbouring French Caribbean Island and developed countries.

“Vaccination remains the most effective public health measure in managing infectious diseases,” Belmar-George said in a statement on Thursday, as she urged the people of Saint Lucia to get immunised.

As of July 28, 2021 a total of 32, 133 persons here had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 24, 418 have received the second dose.

Headline photo: Internet stock image (Simulation)

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