The French Guiana will she be reconfinée ? The assumption is “on the table” according to Matignon. The progression of the Sars-Cov2 in the territorial authority recalls that the pandemic is far from over.
Border with Brazil, where the epidemic of coronavirus has been officially more than 50000 victims, Guyana has recorded 278 positive cases in the past 24 hours. This figure confirms the “sudden acceleration” of the epidemic in the territory of south America.
While metropolitan France is gradually returning to a normal life, the territory is at the heart of the turmoil. The world health Organization has just announced a one-day record of cases of contamination at the global scale : 183020 new patients this Sunday, of which 116000 new infections in north America and the south.
Acceleration of the epidemic
Guyana, who has been confined for two months in the same way as the whole of France, and while the circulation of the virus was low, is now under the threat of a reconfinement. The prime minister’s office confirmed in a press release :
Territory of 268700 inhabitants, Guyana has recorded 2441 positive cases to the Covid-19, 97 patients hospitalized, including 14 in intensive care and 6 deaths. For the past ten days already, the index of contamination is 2.95 according to the regional Agency of local health, higher therefore than it was in metropolis at the height of the epidemic.
Guyana is also far from having the hospital capacities of the metropolis, with six health facilities, including two public hospitals, 25 beds for 10000 inhabitants (compared to 31 in france).
Faced with this situation, the government had already announced the postponement of the second round of the municipal elections. A curfew, from 19h to 5h on weekdays and all weekend, is in place in Cayenne, 61270 inhabitants, and in Kourou. The city space is part of the municipalities most affected by the epidemic : 353 cases accumulated for 25913 inhabitants, or 1.4% of the population.
The curfew could extend to other cities, while a commune of French guiana is already confined, it is Saint-Georges, separated from Brazil by the Oyapock river, and with 7.5 % of the 4400 inhabitants have already been contaminated.
Since the metropolis, the sending of reinforcements health is organized. Seventeen caregivers of the Reserve national health are on the way and teams of AP-HP should also be flying to Guyana. In parallel, a unit of the field hospital of the civil security, has a capacity of 20 beds, will be installed, to accommodate patients outside Covid.
Another provision has started to become a reality, the evacuation of patients to the west Indies, in the image of what was practised in the metropolis in march and April.