Covid-19: the incidence rate begins to decline in Reunion

In Réunion, “the braking measures (containment and curfew) implemented for more than 15 days and the increase in vaccination coverage are starting to produce their effects ”, estimate the prefecture and the regional health agency on 16 August. The weekly epidemiological point reports an incidence rate of 341, 9 cases for 100. 341. inhabitants during the past week, up from 405 a week earlier.

The number of intensive care hospitalizations remains at a high level, with 42 of 117 operational intensive care beds in Reunion Island occupied by patients positive for Covid – 17. Twelve deaths attributable to the disease were also recorded last week, including 2 people, over 70 years, presenting a complete vaccination schedule. “The situation remains very fragile and could again deteriorate quickly in the context of the social and school start,” commented the authorities. The school year started on Monday 15 August on the island.

Vaccination and protest The Delta variant represents a growing share (58%) of contaminations, ahead of the South African Beta variant (42%), which has been in the majority for a long time since arriving on the island at the start of the year. “Collective immunity can only be acquired if a minimum of 80% of the population is vaccinated,” according to the ARS. In 14 August, nearly 48% of Reunionese were engaged in a vaccination course and nearly 19% had complete vaccination coverage.

If the number of vaccinations has greatly increased these In recent weeks in Reunion, health measures continue to be contested on the island. Saturday 14 August, more than 3. 000 people marched through the streets of Saint-Denis and Saint-Pierre, protesting against compulsory vaccination and the health pass.