The army will send around 40 caregivers and logisticians to Martinique to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19 on the island, the spokesman for the staff announced Thursday evening.
In addition, the first three patients with Covid-19 will be transferred to Paris on Saturday by a medical flight, according to the director of the CHU of Fort-de-France.
The soldiers "will come in support of the CHU of Fort-de-France in the coming days", with resuscitation beds, indicated Colonel Pascal Ianni.
"The exact sizing is under study with the Ministry of Health," he added.
But it will be "of the order of 40 to 50 military medical specialists (doctors, nurses, resuscitators, etc.) and logisticians", he added.
A "dramatic" situation
Benjamin Garel, director of the CHU of Fort-de-France, also announced the transfer of the first three patients sick with Covid-19 from Martinique to Paris next Saturday.
"Three patients will leave for Paris on Saturday," confirmed the management of the airport and the air and border police in Fort-de-France.
In Paris, the Ministry of Health confirmed to AFP "that a medical evacuation (was) in preparation for the metropolis" and that the details would be provided "later".
These transfers come as the Martinican hospital services are saturated by the fourth wave of the epidemic and that a new confinement will be imposed on the island from Friday 7 p.m. for a period of at least three weeks.
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Prime Minister Jean Castex described Thursday as "dramatic" the situation in several overseas territories, "resistant to vaccination".
All epidemic monitoring indicators are skyrocketing on the island, with an incidence rate now reaching 1,035 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, 20 times above the alert threshold according to the latest data released on Friday by Public Health France.
146 patients are currently hospitalized, an increase of 51% in one week, including 29 in intensive care.
The concern in Martinique is all the greater as vaccination coverage is still low, with 15.9% of the population fully vaccinated, or three times less than the national level (51.6%).