More Covid cases in French Polynesia

Friday August 14, 2020 Written by RNZ Published in Small World
Masks now compulsory on French Polynesia public transport Photo: supplied Masks now compulsory on French Polynesia public transport Photo: supplied

French Polynesia has recorded another 11 Covid-19 cases in the past day, bringing the total in the second wave of infections to 88, RNZ reports.


This figure is in addition to the 51 cases diagnosed among a French mobile police squad that had just returned from Tahiti.

Most cases are the result of local transmission, exacerbated by a party in a Papeete restaurant two weeks ago.

There had been calls this week to reintroduce mandatory quarantine requirement for international arrivals but both the government and the French High Commission ruled out such measures.

The requirement was dropped a month ago to boost tourism.

Instead the authorities insist on travellers being coronavirus negative on departure for Tahiti and to self-test for the virus on the fourth day of their stay.

Anyone going on a cruise ship also has to take a Covid-19 test.

The first case in the second wave was discovered when a newly arrived American tourist self-tested on a ship bound for Rangiroa.

It returned to port in Papeete where the other 339 passengers and crew all tested negative for Covid-19.

In the first wave, which triggered a lockdown and border closure, 62 people contracted Covid-19.

There has been no fatality to date.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Pete Sunday, 16 August 2020 06:38 posted by Pete

    Well why should it be a surprise to have a tourist from America test positive, can't understand why any country would allow anyone from the USA right now, Covid19 is out of control here right now, we have thousands of cases per day thousands of deaths daily with no end in sight. Money should not be the end factor here, stop accepting people from the USA before you all get swamped by the virus.. and yes I would love to travel and get out of the US right now, but it is not the time.

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