In the hold of the Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni hospital, the washing machines purr continuously. The sheets and the “Covid blouses” have just come out of the dryer. The laundry air is as moist as the air you breathe outside in the far west of Guyana, not far from Suriname. From floor to ceiling, the establishment, inaugurated last year, has been transformed to adapt to the influx of patients with coronavirus. In Guyana, the region most hard hit today in France, the peak of the epidemic is expected within one to two weeks. Unless you are already there without knowing it, as in the suddenly calm eye of a cyclone. For the past few days, the number of hospitalizations has been stable (around 150 beds occupied), allowing the authorities to dare carefully the words “bearing” or «plateau», two months after the metropolis.
“This shift is a double-edged sword. It allowed us to receive reinforcement, human and material, but wear takes place
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