France’s Dumont d’Urville navy ship arrived on the island on Wednesday to deliver more than 100 tonnes of medical oxygen. The island is not currently experiencing a shortage of oxygen, but requested additional supplies to prevent possible tensions, authorities said.
The ship is due to leave on Thursday to supply Guadeloupe.
The two islands also welcomed more than 100 healthcare workers from mainland France on Wednesday and more reinforcements are expected on Friday, the health ministry has said.
Medical evacuations are also expected to be stepped up. This is “more than necessary to relieve the services of the university hospital” in Guadeloupe, the head of the local ARS, Valérie Denux, told reporters.
According to her, the health ministry is currently finalising plans to transfer eleven patients in the coming days.
At the beginning of next week, “we will do another rotation and then we will accelerate the medical evacuations according to the needs because the wave is very strong and is catching up with us”, she added, anticipating several evacuations per week.