2 Apr 2020

Wallis and Futuna to receive much needed supplies

9:48 am on 2 April 2020

A cargo ship is due to dock in Wallis today before it sails to Futuna, bringing in much needed supplies.

The French territory has so far been spared the Covid-19 outbreak and some customary leaders oppose any outside contact.

The French prefect has however approved continued cargo shipping services, saying containers don't carry the virus.

Aerial of Futuna, Wallis and Futuna, South Pacific, Pacific

Photo: Michael Runkel

Also today an Aircalin jet from New Caledonia is due to arrive to deliver more than a ton of medical supplies.

The aircraft will carry no passengers to Wallis despite hopes of people stranded in New Caledonia that they could return home.

The public broadcaster said the plane may transport some people from Wallis to Noumea as part of efforts to repatriate travellers stranded away from home.

New Caledonia has launched a repatriation programme after earlier closing the border because it had saturated its facilities quarantining arrivals.