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Canada Coronavirus in Perpignan: In the Saint-Jacques district, nearly half of the inhabitants were contaminated

17:30  25 november  2020
17:30  25 november  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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According to a study, more than 35% of the inhabitants who were tested were infected in three sectors of the city

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In the spring, the Saint district -Jacques, in Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales), had already been identified as an important cluster of Covid-19. Here lives a large gypsy community, which mourned several deaths during the first wave.

A seroprevalence study, conducted by the University Hospital of Perpignan and Public Health France, points to the very strong circulation of the virus in the district, and those of Haut-Vernet and Nouveau-Logis. Between June 30 and July 17, blood samples were taken from 700 adults and children who reside in this sector of the Catalan capital.

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47% of the inhabitants of Saint-Jacques tested were contaminated

The first analyzes show that 35.4% of the people tested were contaminated by the coronavirus. But the results differ according to the neighborhoods: in Saint-Jacques, nearly half of the inhabitants tested (47%) were in contact with the Covid-19, against 14% in Haut-Vernet and 17% in Nouveau-Logis. Alarming figures: by way of comparison, according to data from the Epicov study, the seroprevalence rate was estimated at 1.9% in Occitania in May. Women were also more affected than men in the neighborhoods tested by this study: 39%, against 31%.

The study also shows that people aged 65 and over were less exposed to infection (14.7%), “suggesting a lower number of contacts with sick people, compliance with barrier measures and greater isolation of these people who are perceived as more fragile by the community ”.

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Sociocultural factors

“In the current context of an epidemic resumption (…), the first results of this survey confirm the need to continue efforts vis-à-vis vulnerable populations in order to reduce the risk of contamination, by implementation of targeted prevention actions adapted to this population living on a community basis, ”notes Damien Mouly, Occitan manager of Public Health France.

A study has been launched to try to find out whether certain socio-cultural factors, inherent in the gypsy community, can explain such circulation of the virus. The results will be known before the end of the year. "There are several factors", explained to Sud Radio, last April, Cathy Oustrière, nurse in Perpignan and president of the mediation association Le fil à métisser, which operates in these neighborhoods. First, there is the problem of "unsanitary housing". "But also the issue of promiscuity, because these are clans (...) who can live together with five, six or seven in small areas. There is also the community way of life, there are a lot of contacts. People can receive several members of their family on a daily basis. "

According to the study from the University Hospital of Perpignan," this population is also more exposed to the risk of developing serious forms given the higher prevalence of certain pathologies known to increase the risk of developing a more serious form of Covid-19 Such as diabetes, obesity, asthma or hypertension.

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