During a cabinet meeting to analyze the health crisis, the president described as serious the scenario in Caribbean islands such as Martinique and Guadeloupe, where contagion levels are very high and health systems have collapsed.
This is an emergency situation, which implies the nation’s unconditional solidarity. It is a cruel demonstration that vaccination is the most effective means against the virus, he said.
According to recent data from the Ministry of Health, only 20 percent of the population is immunized on these two islands, while on mainland France more than 55 percent of the citizens have received shots against Covid-19.
French Minister of Overseas Territories, Sebastien Lecornu, informed that the incidence rate of positive cases exceeds 1,700 per 100,000 inhabitants in Guadeloupe and 1,100 in Martinique, which shows the complexity of this scenario.
The minister traveled to these territories with 300 health professionals to support the fight against Covid-19.
According to the French government, the situation is also alarming in other regions such as Guyana and Polynesia.
Macron urged to take extreme measures and extend the vaccination process to try to contain new outbreaks in these places.