Omicron variant dominates in Guadeloupe’s fifth wave of Covid-19

In just two weeks, cases of COVID-19 have sky-rocketed from just over 500 to over 7000 cases, with Omicron as the dominant variant in the country at 80% and it was announced tonight that a 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew which came into effect on Friday will now be from 8pm to 5 am.

The rate of infection among young people which is very high, is now affecting older people.

At present, there are not many people hospitalized as was the case with the 4th wave during the Delta variant.

On Tuesday January 4, Guadeloupe was put on a state of health emergency which permits the Prefet to take any measures necessary to safeguard the population.  In this regard, the Prefecture, in collaboration with the Agence Régional de Santé (ARS), decided to implement protective measures as of Friday January 7, to limit the spread of the virus.

In addition to the curfew, the other restrictions include the mandatory wearing of masks ; compulsory health passes for establishments receiving the public ; no dancing activities and mandatory working-from-home at least 3 days per week for institutions where this is possible.

Among other other measures are the holding of meetings and évents online  as much as possible ; an increase in border controls in Guadeloupe, especially for travelers from countries classified as red zones; closure of beaches and rivers from 6 p.m. ; a complete ban on picnics; implementation of a stricter protocol for restaurants to include 6 people per table with an increase in the space between the tables plus compulsory health pass; no carnival processions as is done every Sunday afternoon until Mardi-Gras and no festive or friendly gatherings. Gatherings for elections (municipal, presidential, legislative), trade unions and religious organizations are authorized under certain conditions and a discussion is underway with the carnival organizations regarding a decision on carnival activities for 2022. Covid-19 tests will be free until February 15th.

The Prefet, Alexandre Rochate, said that if, in the coming week, the situation gets worse, more stringent measures will be enforced to contain the population.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of the population in Guadeloupe has been vaccinated.

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15 Comments

  1. TeteMorne I From
    January 12, 2022

    :mrgreen: :) :lol: :mrgreen: :-D
    Tee heehee

  2. Channel 1
    January 10, 2022

    Could somebody be so kind and let us know what has happened to the “herd immunity via vaccination” mantra for SARS-CoV-2?

    Did an alien mothership pass by earth recently and abduct that phrase from the mental faculties of the experts? If y’all can’t find it, send me the contact number of the Unsolved Mysteries TV show people so we can get them to start investigating the matter.

    Tenks.

    #RealityExposingFlawedScience

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  3. Jonathan Y St Jean
    January 10, 2022

    These fools who were tearing down the country, what have they got to say now?

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  4. Frank N Stein
    January 10, 2022

    People crying about freedom but if you cant sacrifice to get rid of covid then you are actually keeping yourself under bondage. Use your head people! Still waiting for the commonsense variant.

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  5. Walter
    January 9, 2022

    The ferry just arrived ….
    Smh …

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    • TeteMorne I From
      January 12, 2022

      Imagine that. Guadeloupe is shutting down, but ferry coming down? Wonders nevr cease to amaze…
      People need to stop playing TAG with that covid thing and perhaps it’d be gone by now.

  6. Eagle-Eyed
    January 9, 2022

    Just waiting for the authorities in DA to confirm this situation as well, since there’s open unrestricted travel between Dominica and the french territories because of our geographical location in proximity to those territories. This might just confirm my suspicion due to the recent spike in positive cases here.

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  7. AA
    January 9, 2022

    I Hope that the seaports Will ve closed to persons coming from Guadeloupe and Martinique. PM opened so that they could come and vore for Vince Henderson. I Hope he taking note

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  8. Harry Wise
    January 9, 2022

    A load of sensationalism over a common cold 8-O

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      January 11, 2022

      @Harry Wise, where did you get your “wise” from to conclude that the Covid-19 virus is a “common cold”. You should embark on a world lecturing tour to inform health officials and scientists of your “dumb wise”, Wise. No wonder some of you geniuses can’t and won’t put your real names to your Earth shattering discoveries. Wise my big toe.

  9. Pipo
    January 9, 2022

    With our close proximity to Guadeloupe it is almost inevitable we will be hit next with a wave of Omicron. Based on the latest Gov. figures our population is just below 40% vaccinated, less than Guadeloupe. Although milder than the Delta variant we also have a population that is less resistant because of underlying health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer and we should expect a higher death rate, particularly through pneumonia. We should forget about carnaval and batten the hatches. Don’t forget that a lot of our health workers are not vaccinated either and we may well see a shortage of heath care workers through absence because they are ill themselves. We need a miracle.

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  10. Ibo France
    January 9, 2022

    The world is now a global village. If you sneeze in China, you get the virus in Guadeloupe. If a virus originates in any part of the world, the whole world becomes susceptible to this said disease.

    This tells us that we (the whole world) have to work together in order to overcome our problems. It’s quite evident that if one race, one region, one country is affected by an endemic (disease) it now easily becomes a pandemic.

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    • make it make sense
      January 11, 2022

      The same people talking about “global village” are the ones always talking about “climate change”. You know why we even have this “global village” nonsense idea? It’s because it’s so easy to travel from one country to another. But at the same time this high rate of travel is supposedly one of the causal factors of climate change. Do you see the contradiction?

      Now if at the start of this pandemic people were as much of immigration hawks as they are now, back when Trump was berrated as a racist for blocking travel from China, we would not be in this position. Look at us here, we were doing quite well before we started letting people come in. Supposedly a lot of infected people came in “back door” but the “global village” people are the same ones that call people racist for wanting to stop illegal immigration. Pure cognitive dissonance

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