For the fans, it's a drama.
And for Corsica, a further sign of the worsening of the health crisis affecting the island.
The prefect of Haute-Corse François Ravier announced on Wednesday, a few hours before the event, that the Kendji Girac concert scheduled for the evening in Bastia could not take place.
A decree published in the afternoon simply prohibits it.
"The notoriety of Kendji Girac is likely to generate a gathering of people greater than the capacity of the establishment located very close to the sea",
explains the prefecture.
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The establishment Le Son des guitares had planned a full evening around the singer, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. But that was without counting the wave of coronavirus contamination that has submerged the island for several days. In its press release, the prefecture indicates that "
the rapid deterioration of the health situation in the department of Haute-Corse results in an incidence rate of 722 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the sliding week from July 18, 2021 to July 24, 2021 with a test positivity rate of 7.5% as of July 26, 2021 and an increase in the number of hospitalizations
”. She further specifies that "
in Bastia and the country of Bastia, the incidence rate has been multiplied by more than 3 times in one week to reach an incidence rate of 803 per 100,000 inhabitants on July 26, 2021
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Even more worrying, when it comes to an artist so prized by young people, the incidence rate among only 20-29 in Haute Corse is three times higher with 2,575 cases per 100,000 inhabitants last week, up from 142%.
Among 10-19 year olds, it is 1330, according to Public Health France.