Martinique enters into strict lockdown

Published on : Wednesday, August 25, 2021


Martinique enters into a strict lockdown for three weeks as COVID-19 infections surge in the French overseas territory.

The island’s prefect, Stanislas Cazelles, advised tourists to “leave the territory” as soon as possible, as Martinique has one of the highest COVID-19 incident rates in France with almost 1,200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

All shops except groceries and pharmacies will be closed and hotels will only be open to residents or essential professional workers.

Cazelles added that companies and administrations are also invited to participate in this lockdown effort, they are invited to organise service so that as many employees as possible can work from home. The pressure on the island’s hospitals has intensified as a result of the outbreak and with occupancy at 227%.

The vaccination rates are also low with less than 22% of the population having received a first dose.

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