Guadeloupe: COVID Surge Forces Lockdown

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France’s overseas territory of Guadeloupe will to go into a new partial lockdown for at least three weeks to tackle a surge of Covid-19.

The new measures will start on Wednesday, with the re-introduction of a daily curfew between 20:00 and 05:00. Travel during the day will be restricted to a 10km (six miles) radius.

Bars, gyms, stadiums and swimming pools will be closed but shops will stay open with restaurants being able to serve at lunchtime.

Valerie Denux, director general of Guadeloupe’s regional health agency, says the number of cases has multiplied by more than 10 over the past three weeks, to more than 3,000 cases a week.

“We’re in a catastrophic situation,” she adds.

The news comes as another French Caribbean island, Martinique, returned to lockdown on Friday for at least three weeks. And the French island of Reunion entered a partial two-week lockdown this weekend.

France is facing a fourth wave of the virus with about half of the population fully vaccinated. But the figures are significantly lower in the French overseas territories, according to AFP news agency.

On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron went to TikTok and Instagram to try to counter misinformation about vaccines following a third weekend of protests over a controversial Covid health pass.

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