"For the week of August 8 to 14, 156 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Guadeloupe" indicated Friday, the health and prefectural authorities of the island, while the weekend of August 15, often festive, looms . With 156 new cases of Covid-19 in a week, Guadeloupe is "very close to the alert threshold", which stands at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, estimate the authorities of the island in a press release. "Guadeloupe has gone above the vigilance threshold with a rate of 41.39 / 100,000 inhabitants," said the press release which indicates that "the large number of cases this week has been updated thanks to mobile screening campaigns" .
Several indicators scrutinized
Two new small clusters, of 6 and 8 cases have been identified, and, according to the authorities, "young adults aged 20 to 30 are the age group most affected".
The Regional Health Agency also gives the positivity rate (which measures the number of cases on the number of tests carried out in a week. "In Guadeloupe, the rate over the past week is 4.88%, very close to the threshold vigilance ", set at 5%, explains the ARS. As for the reproduction factor (R), it is 2.09, and the authorities aim to bring it down below 1.
Wearing a mask outside imposed in several municipalities
Several municipalities have imposed the wearing of masks in an open outdoor environment, in particular Terre-de-Haut, in Les Saintes, a very touristy area which attracts a lot of people on August 15 for the patronal feast.
A total of 446 cumulative cases have been identified in Guadeloupe since the start of the crisis, and currently, two people are in intensive care.