As of this Friday, May 14, Guyana will be reconfigured for 17 days due to the ” degradation “ of the health situation in this territory, announced the prefecture of the department on Thursday. This confinement will extend for a little over two weeks, from Friday May 14 to Sunday May 30 inclusive, according to a press release from the prefecture.
In this overseas territory of nearly 300,000 inhabitants, the incidence is “346 cases per 100,000 inhabitants” over seven rolling days, according to the latest data from the Regional Health Agency (ARS). In particular: the Brazilian variant.
At the microphone of France Info, Thierry Queffelec estimated that “It was inevitable”.
“In five weeks, the incidence rate, which is now a classic indicator, went from 70 to 346, it was too much, with a positivity rate at 14%. We are on a Brazilian variant with 84% of sick people so we had to take measures. “
Unsa union calls for schools to close
For Guyanese people, this will be semi-confinement: schools and nurseries will remain open, but bars, restaurants, cinemas, public swimming pools (except for schools) will have to close their doors.
Travel will again be subject to certification. When it comes to outdoor walks, the 10 km rule, and no more than an hour, also applies, authorities said. Gatherings of more than six people are also prohibited and are in addition to the curfew already in effect from Saturday evening to Monday morning.
Should schools be closed to curb the epidemic?
The teachers’ union Unsa Guyane reacted by press release to the announcements and demanded ” the closure “ schools during the reconfinement, in this territory where half of the inhabitants are under 25 years old. “That senior officials come up with real solutions rather than using education as a band-aid”, the union said. The prefect argued Wednesday evening that the contaminations would be “Stronger” in the family circle.
69% of intensive care beds occupied
At the “10 – 19 years”, the “Contaminations are on the rise” with an incidence of 379 per 100,000 last week, according to data from health authorities. A patient from ” 19 years old “ was still on Wednesday in ” intensive care “ according to the ARS.
“A new increase in contaminations, admissions to hospitalization and intensive care has begun” and the “Trend” is “Strongly on the rise” in this territory, where the South African and Brazilian variants circulate, noted the prefecture.
On Thursday, the intensive care beds were almost 69% occupied. AFP has recorded 113 deaths from Covid in Guyana since April 20, 2020. In recent days, a “Military resuscitation module” of “6 beds” as well as 35 professionals arrived in support of the hospital teams.