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Covid Treatment In Mayotte

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the French overseas department and region of Mayotte on 10 March 2020. On 31 March, the first person died of COVID-19. On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. On 30 March, the bar of 50 cases was reached. On 31 March, Mayotte recorded its first death. On 1 April, the bar of 100 cases was exceeded. On 16 April, measures have been put in place for pregnant women, because up to date 10 tested positive. 1,600 tests have been performed. Jean-François Colombet, the Prefect of Mayotte, said that the current situation is a fight on multiple fronts where food aid is also a major issue. €2 million in food stamps are being distributed. Colombet also calls upon the food markets to remain open during Ramadan. On 17 April, the fourth death was announced. 1,700 tests have been performed up to now. On 18 April, it was announced that 108 people had died in March, an increase of 30% compared to 2019. 40% of the deaths are people over 75. On 20 April, Dominique Voynet announced that she considered postponing the deconfinement until after Ramadan. Mayotte is also facing an epidemic of dengue with more than 1,000 confirmed cases.

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