While the indicators remain stable in France, the number of Covid-19 cases declared daily having even started to decline nationwide, the situation in hospitals in certain territories continues to deteriorate.
Still more hospitalizations in Polynesia
The number of patients hospitalized for contracting Covid-19 continued to increase in French Polynesia, reaching 412 people, including 55 in intensive care, reported Friday August 28 (Saturday in Paris) in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. , the local health ministry.
After using all the beds available in hospitals and clinics, the hospital center was forced on Friday to welcome its first patients in its central nave, a passageway fitted out as a hospitalization zone. The services of this hospital have already all been redesigned to accommodate more patients, and beds have even been placed in offices.
One hundred and fifty oxygen concentrators arrived by plane in Tahiti. Forty-four of them were delivered to the hospital center. The others will make it possible to limit the saturation of hospitals by keeping certain patients in their homes.
As of Friday, the epidemic has killed 385 people, including 15 in the previous twenty-four hours. The death of 237 of them was declared during the month of August, when the territory has only about 280,000 inhabitants.
Haut-Rhin: suspension of the health pass in shopping centers
The Strasbourg administrative court on Friday suspended the prefectural decree making compulsory the health pass in shopping centers, considering that it did not guarantee free access to essential goods, according to an order consulted on Saturday by Agence France-Presse .
Seizure in summary proceedings by a hypermarket, the administrative justice considered that this decree did not provide “No arrangement allowing to reserve access for people without a health pass to establishments selling essential goods within the confines of these stores and centers, in particular to food stores”.
By this decree, the prefect of Haut-Rhin had made compulsory the presentation of the health pass in six shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters as well as the Ikea store in Mulhouse. An appeal against this court decision can be lodged within fifteen days.
Tuesday the Versailles administrative court suspended for the same reasons the decree of the prefect of Yvelines concerning the obligation of health passes in 14 department stores and shopping centers in the department.
At the beginning of August, the government asked the prefects to impose the health pass for surfaces of more than 20,000 square meters in the departments where the incidence rate of the epidemic exceeds 200 per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of week.
New convoys of caregivers to the West Indies
Around 250 caregivers are due to fly from Orly airport on Saturday to Guadeloupe and Martinique, followed by a Sunday “Very large shipment” of medical equipment per cargo ship, the health ministry and the airline Corsair announced on Friday. The first flight is scheduled to take off at 4.30 p.m. for Pointe-à-Pitre, followed by a flight to Fort-de-France at 5:20 p.m.
These caregivers will take over from their colleagues sent as reinforcements via an airlift for two weeks. Returns to mainland France are also scheduled for Sunday, with two flights from Guadeloupe and Martinique, and Tuesday with a Corsair flight from Fort-de-France.
The airline emphasizes that it will have transported in total “Nearly 900 caregivers in the West Indies in two weeks” in order to “Face the health crisis”. The two islands are indeed submerged by the fourth wave of Covid-19. In Guadeloupe, where confinement was extended until September 19, the epidemic is experiencing a “Slight decrease”, but she still stays there “Worrying”, the regional health agency reported mid-week. In Martinique too, the confinement and curfew in force since July 30 have been extended until September 19.
To relieve the local hospitals, medical evacuations have so far transferred 55 patients in critical care to the metropolis.