Emergency Medical Service staff arrive to airport in Pointe-à-Pitre to help Guadeloupe stretched medical teams

"We will put patients in operating rooms," explains Marc Valette, head of the intensive care unit at a Guadeloupe hospital as emergency rooms are saturated with patients suffering from Covid-19. Despite reinforcements from France, the island lacks beds and "there are patients who deserve, who should be in intensive care beds."

A fourth wave of Covid-19 cases has forced the usually bustling Marina Bas-du-Fort marina in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe to close its restaurants as the island sees sky-rocketing virus cases and hospitalisations amid vaccination rates that are much lower than on the mainland.