FOCUS – After the Pyrénées-Orientales, it is Corsica’s turn to see the epidemic spreading rapidly on its territory. Faced with an incidence rate four times higher at the national level, the prefecture has implemented new restrictions.
While the Augustians are preparing to take the place of the Juillettistes on the white sand beaches bordered by ocher mountains, the Covid-19 epidemic is blazing on the Isle of Beauty. In one week, the incidence rate climbed to 468 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times the figure nationwide.
The situation deteriorated most rapidly in the north of the region, with an incidence rate approaching 700. An acceleration “very disturbing», Which encouraged François Ravier, prefect of Haute-Corse to impose new restrictions.
As of Tuesday, the mask is once again mandatory outdoors in six municipalities of the department: Bastia, Saint-Florent, Calvi, Ile Rousse, Calenzana and Corte. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited on beaches and public spaces from 9 p.m. and finally bars and restaurants must close their doors from midnight. How did the situation come about?degraded day by day», In the words of the prefect? Responsible for the epidemic recovery on a national scale, the delta variant represents 96% of new infections on the island.
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With a population quadrupled since the beginning of summer and the multiplication of the evenings, the virus is spreading at a lightning speed. On July 10, around fifty positive cases were detected after several festive gatherings in Balagne, a region to the north-west, home to Ile Rousse. A few kilometers away, thirty people including three accompanying persons tested positive on July 24, in a summer camp bringing together 80 teenagers in a campsite in Sagone. The sick were separated from other young people and contact with the rest of the campsite severely limited. Even if all the members of the summer camp had a health pass valid on July 9, according to the ARS, a new screening campaign will be organized at the end of the week. Contacted by Le Figaro, the regional health agency notes that “the mixing of populations necessarily has an impact on viral circulation” even if “80% of positive tests concern Corsican residents“.
Fear of hospital pressure
Despite a population vaccinated at 55%, hospitals fear that this increase in contamination will be reflected in the intensive care units. “In recent days, there have been more and more Covid patients passing through the doors of the hospital», Asked France Info Doctor André de Caffarelli, head of emergencies in Bastia. “We hospitalize a few and some have signs of seriousness“. In fact, in two weeks, the number of patients admitted has tripled, and people in intensive care have doubled.
If the doctor says he is ready to receive more patients, it remains however “very vigilant”, What is more with the multiplication of other accidents in summer. For him, the new measures are “indispensable“Both to reduce the circulation of the virus and to limit”the game of musical chairs to find available beds“.