Coronavirus: 7 deaths and 1,262 new cases in one week in Reunion

Coronavirus: 7 deaths and 1,262 new cases in one week in Reunion
Coronavirus: 7 deaths and 1,262 new cases in one week in Reunion

The prefecture of Reunion Island and the Regional Health Agency announce this Tuesday, July 06, 7 new deaths of patients from Reunion Island and also confirm 1,262 new cases of coronavirus in the island from June 26 to July 2 . The circulation of the virus is accelerating in the island.

updated July 6, 2021 at 7:02 p.m.

The Prefecture and the Regional Health Agency announced this Tuesday, July 6, the death of 7 patients from Reunion between June 26 and July 2. These are people aged between 45 and over 75 years old.

Six people presented with comorbidities constituting risk factors for a severe form of the disease. None of the people who died were vaccinated, authorities said. In total, Réunion deplores 244 deaths linked to Covid-19.

An incidence rate of 147.8 cases / 100,000 inhabitants

The authorities are also announcing 1,262 new cases of coronavirus recorded over the same period from June 26 to July 2. The weekly incidence rate increases to 147.8 / 100,000 inhabitants (against 126.6 the previous week) and the number of screenings is up to over 32,000. The positivity rate is up slightly to 3.9 %, below the vigilance threshold (4.2% last week).

The figures for the previous week show an increase in the number of cases with a weekly incidence rate approaching 150/100 000, a positivity rate slightly increasing, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions increasing. Chains of local transmission linked to the Delta variant have been identified in the western highlands.

83,9 % de variants

Of the 1,061 new cases announced:

  • 1,255 cases are classified as indigenous
  • 7 cases are classified imported
  • no case is classified as imported under Evasan

From June 26 to July 2, 1,204 positive tests were screened to identify a variant strain. Of these 1,204 tests, there are 1,010 positive cases presenting one of the specific mutations under surveillance, ie a proportion of 83.9%, a slight increase compared to the previous week (83.5%). The virus circulates at a sustained rate and the share of variants remains very high in Reunion, mainly the Beta variant, known as South African.

Since last week, the circulation of the Delta variant has been confirmed in Reunion, mainly in the upper western regions. As of July 6:

  • 12 cases of Delta variant are confirmed by sequencing.
  • 10 cases screened Delta variant are awaiting confirmation by sequencing.

In its latest epidemiological update, Santé Publique France indicated, on July 1, 28 cases of the Delta variant including:

  • 12 confirmed cases
  • 16 suspected cases living in the focus of a confirmed case whose sample has not yet been screened or sequenced.

The difference in varying cases is explained by the fact that the authorities communicate on confirmed cases while Public Health France counts both confirmed and probable cases.

Taking into account the 29,597 recoveries and 244 deaths since the start of the health crisis, 2,004 cases are still active to date. 31,845 cases have been investigated to date by the ARS, Public Health France and Health Insurance, of which 94.3% are indigenous cases.

37 patients in intensive care

In Reunion Island, on July 6, 37 intensive care beds were occupied by patients positive for Covid-19, out of the 117 intensive care beds recorded in Reunion Island. Last week, 30 intensive care beds were occupied. In addition, 83 covid patients were hospitalized in the covid medicine department, compared to 71 the previous week.

Intensive care admissions for Covid-19 have been increasing over the past few days. 7% of hospitalized patients are under 45 and 46% are under 60.

47 active clusters

As of July 6, 37 clusters are active, against 48 last week. In total, 310 clusters are closed. Among the active clusters, there are:

  • 10 with high criticality: in Saint-Paul (3), Saint-Pierre (3), Le Port (1), Saint-André (1), Saint-Leu (1) and Plaine-des-Palmistes (1)
  • 17 with moderate criticality: in Saint-Pierre (2), Saint-Paul (1), Plaine-des-Palmistes (2), Sainte-Suzanne (1), Saint-Denis (5) and Le Port (6)

An increase in the number of clusters was observed last week. These clusters mainly concern gatherings in the professional environment and during friendly or family gatherings.

The indicators

Regarding the other indicators, it should be noted:

  • A marked increase in the number of screenings: + 14% with 32,099 tests carried out (against 28,150 the previous week).
  • A stabilization of the incidence rate among people 65 and over (94.8 / 100,000).
  • An increase in the incidence rate in almost all age groups:
    • among 25-34 year olds: + 40.4% (213.1 / 100,000),
    • among 0-14 year olds: + 24.1% (104/100 000),
    • among 45-64 year olds: + 18.4% (142.3 / 100,000,
    • among those over 75: + 10.1% (76/100 000),
    • among 35-44 year olds: + 9.6% (170.7 / 100,000),
    • among 15-24 year olds: + 5.4% (195.8 / 100,000).

22.17% of vaccinated

As of 04 July, 430,516 injections have been carried out in Reunion Island. 240,676 Reunion residents received a first injection of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid; and 189,840 people received the second Pfizer injection or the single Janssen injection.

The Pfizer and Janssen vaccines available in Reunion are effective against the new Delta variant and make it possible to reduce the risk of severe forms. The contagious potential of the Delta variant is such that collective immunity can only be acquired if 70 to 80% of the population is vaccinated: 2 doses for the Pfizer vaccine (or 3 for those concerned) and a single dose for the vaccine. Janssen vaccine.

Stepping up measures for travelers

Saliva tests offered to travelers on arrival in Reunion. The ARS, via border health checks, and with the support of biology laboratories, carries out random checks on passengers bound for Reunion, with saliva tests. This concerns unvaccinated passengers upon arrival at the airport.

After information previously given before the flight and on the plane, passengers are directed to a dedicated area where the test is carried out by a team from a laboratory.

The results are known in less than 30 minutes, analyzed by RT-PCR.

  • If the result is negative: the person leaves the area and goes to the baggage claim room,
  • If the result is positive: the person collects their luggage and must return home or to their place of residence while respecting the strict guidelines given to them. The person is the subject of contact-tracing without delay by the Health Insurance and the ARS, and of a follow-up for the implementation of the appropriate conditions of isolation.

Since Monday, June 28, passengers on six flights have been randomly screened. To date, out of 409 samples taken, all have been negative. This random control system will be reassessed in mid-July.

In order to organize a follow-up and reminders of the preventive measures to be applied on the island, travelers to Reunion must complete a contact tracing assistance form. The form (online or in paper version) completed only in the metropolitan or Mayotte direction to Reunion Island, must be presented when boarding.

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