Ferry services in Tahiti reduced to curb spread of Covid-19

1:09 pm on 20 March 2020

Ferry services between French Polynesia's two main islands are being reduced in a bid to curb the propagation of the Covid-19.

At the request of the French High Commission, travellers between Tahiti and Moorea must show they are using the ferry either for work, health issues or an urgent family matter.

The decision follows yesterday's announcement that one infected person was located in Moorea.

So far six people have been identified as coronavirus carriers and all six contracted the illness abroad.

Reports say people on the atoll of Fakarava who were close to a Swiss tourist with coronavirus last week have tested negative.

Schools have now closed.

The government is working on an emergency package to counter the impact of the pandemic, with first announcements expected today after discussions with employers and unions yesterday.

A key concern is the maintenance of shipping services to ensure food security.