Saturday 26 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World
A court in French Polynesia has thrown out a challenge to the order to wear masks brought in to stop the spread of Covid-19, RNZP reports.
The ruling came as the government announced the sixth fatality of the pandemic amid a jump in new infections to more than 1500 cases.
Thibaud Millet who represents 47 individuals, sought to quash the decrees issued by the government and the French High Commission, arguing that they were too restrictive and vague.
The court however confirmed that the High Commission and the government did have the authority to impose such orders, but it also ruled that the orders needed to be amended to give a time limit and to redefine the geographical application.
Over the past two days, there were another 110 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total to 1579.
238 cases were considered active.
22 people are in hospital, including six in intensive care.