The number of patients hospitalized for Covid-19 continued to increase in French Polynesia, reaching 412 people, including 55 in intensive care, the local Ministry of Health said on Friday in Papeete (Saturday in Paris).
After using all the beds available in hospitals and clinics, the hospital center was forced on Friday to welcome its first patients in its central nave, a passageway fitted out as a hospitalization zone. The services of this hospital have already all been redesigned to accommodate more patients and beds have even been placed in offices.
A population at risk
One hundred and fifty oxygen concentrators arrived by plane in Tahiti. Forty-four of them were delivered to the Hospital Center. The others will make it possible to limit the saturation of hospitals by keeping certain patients at home. The local government has announced a “day of fasting” in memory of the victims of Covid-19. It will take place on September 5 in the presence of the five religious denominations most represented in Polynesia.
As of Friday, the epidemic has caused 385 deaths, including 15 in the previous 24 hours. Among them, 237 intervened during the month of August. This violent epidemic peak can be explained by the introduction of the Delta variant in a population that has been poorly vaccinated and suffers from numerous comorbidities, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.