Coronavirus : 67 new cases in French Guiana - The Point

A worrying increase. Sixty-seven new cases of coronavirus have been recorded Saturday and Sunday in French Guiana, which brings to 328 the number of people infe

Coronavirus : 67 new cases in French Guiana - The Point

A worrying increase. Sixty-seven new cases of coronavirus have been recorded Saturday and Sunday in French Guiana, which brings to 328 the number of people infected in this territory of 300 000 inhabitants, authorities have indicated. "We are heading more and more towards the stage 3 of the epidemic," said Dr Mirdad Kazanji, director of the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne, which performs the majority of testing in Guyana. The number of people infected by the virus has increased by 128 % over the last 14 days (144 cases reported may 10).

Twenty-seven additional cases have been registered in St.-Georges Oyapock, on the border with Brazil, the most affected country in South America by the pandemic. In total, 119 cases have been confirmed in this common 4 220 inhabitants, which is more than 2.8 % of its population. Between Wednesday evening and Sunday evening, 22 cases were diagnosed at Camopi, a common native of the Parc amazonien de Guyane, isolated at the border river of Brazil, without a road to the coast and experiencing the throes of the gold-digging illegal.

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A curfew questioned

The first three positive cases in this town were a legionnaire of the 3rd REI (regiment overseas infantry) and two boatmen indians working for the Legion. The army, sought, has not given details about the 19 additional cases.

Interviewed by the Agence France-Presse on the déconfinement in Guyana, which started on 11 may, like in france, the prefect of the territory of South America Marc Del Grande has estimated that " the déconfinement careful with maintaining the containment, Saint-Georges, the curfew in Guyana, strengthening of the PCR tests, and reconfinement of Camopi on may 15, corresponds to the situation in guyana ". "The circulation of the virus in Brazil should encourage 100% of the population to comply with the gestures barriers, the distancing and the wearing of the mask ", he insisted.

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In the poor neighborhoods, and popular, the mask-wearing is rare. These past two weeks, about 25 cases have been detected in Kourou, close to 30 in 18 days on the island of Cayenne. Moreover, the authorities of the State will face on Tuesday, the administrative court of Cayenne, a petition for freedom filed by the League of human rights, which demand the suspension of the curfew in the territory.

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Updated Date: 25 May 2020, 02:33

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