In Europe, once again the epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of contaminations is skyrocketing, health restrictions are tightened and anger is rumbling. In Austria, officially reconfigured since Monday to stem the spread of the virus, some 40,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to cry out for “dictatorship” at the call of the far-right party FPÖ. The Netherlands have been facing for three days a series of disorders linked to new health restrictions implemented in the country. Acts of “pure violence” on the part of “idiots”, ruled on Monday the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In Brussels, Belgium, clashes also punctuated the gathering of some 35,000 demonstrators on Sunday, according to police, opposed to new measures. Belgium has announced the generalization of the wearing of a mask and also makes telework compulsory four days a week from this Monday for jobs that allow it in order to stem the strong rebound of the epidemic in the country.

This rapid spread of the virus now affects all European countries including France. In France, where there is an “increase in cases of almost 80% in one week”, the “5th wave is starting in a dazzling fashion” alerted the government spokesperson on Sunday. Gabriel Attal also denounced yesterday the violence of the actions carried out by opponents of the health pass and the vaccination obligation of caregivers in Guadeloupe, deploring that “caregivers [soient] threatened “and that” pharmacies [soient] prevented from opening “. In recent days the general strike by opponents of the health pass and the compulsory vaccination of nursing staff has turned into a riot on the island. In the night from Friday to Saturday, while a cover-up Fire had just been established, pharmacies and telephone shops were notably looted.The government decided to send some fifty members of the GIGN and the Raid, in addition to the 200 police officers and gendarmes already called on the spot.

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The situation is “very explosive” estimated this Monday Emmanuel Macron. The Head of State called for “public order to be maintained” to regain “tranquility”, “calm”, “respect for everyone”, and emphasized the importance of “explaining, explain, explain. Convince, convince, convince “. Injunctions that refer to vaccination against Covid-19, while the strike started seven days ago in opposition to contract suspensions which threaten unvaccinated firefighters and nursing staff.

Since the summer, the West Indies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 epidemic. Despite the dispatch of several hundred French caregivers, the West Indian resuscitation services were very quickly overwhelmed and tragically forced to sort their patients. However, if the vaccination rate has increased in Guadeloupe, with now a rate of nearly 90% of vaccinated caregivers, it does not exceed 35% in the general population (22% in Martinique). But how to explain that this refusal of the vaccination knows such a magnitude in the Antilles? What is the health situation today in Guadeloupe and in Europe? Are we heading towards a polarization between vaccinated and unvaccinated?


– Yves Thréard, deputy editor and columnist at Le Figaro

– Professor Éric Caumes, infectious disease specialist at the Hôtel Dieu hospital in Paris, professor at the Sorbonne University. His latest book: “Urgence Sanitaire” is published by Robert Laffont

– Nicolas Berrod, journalist specializing in health issues at Le Parisien newspaper

– Soazig Quemener, editor-in-chief of Marianne’s political service

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