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In the West Indies, a new school year postponed to September 13

Pupils and students from the West Indies will not have a back to school like the others. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday August 25 that the start of the school year will be postponed from September 2 to 13 in several territories.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélémy and part of Guyana in the red zone… The health situation “Serious” because of Covid-19 being the main reason. This Wednesday, the prefecture of Martinique decided to extend the confinement and curfew already in progress on the island for another three weeks.

→ READ. Covid-19: confinement and prolonged curfew in Martinique

State of emergency extended until November 15

In addition to the postponement of the start of the school year, Gabriel Attal added that the state of health emergency would be extended “Until November 15 in the West Indies, Guyana and French Polynesia”, with a bill presented ” next week “.

These decisions were taken at the Covid Defense Council and the Council of Ministers who “At length” bent over “The dramatic situation in several overseas territories, in the West Indies and in French Polynesia, where under-vaccination is wreaking havoc”, said the spokesperson.

“National solidarity”

Even if the incidence rate begins to “Ebb slightly” Grace “To confinement”, the situation “Nevertheless remains very serious”, especially in Polynesia where “The incidence rate is colossal” at 2,800 per 100,000 inhabitants and where schools were closed for 15 days. “We are also very vigilant about the situation in Guyana, where the incidence rate, which exceeds 400, has increased by 40% in one week”, according to him.

Gabriel Attal insisted on “National solidarity” with the sending of “Hundreds of caregivers on site to organize evacuations and guarantee the supply of oxygen”.


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