4 Apr 2020

New Caledonia Covid-19 tally revised downward to 17

2:34 pm on 4 April 2020

New Caledonia's tally of Covid-19 cases is reported to have dropped by one to 17 after retesting in one case returned a negative result.

An employee wearing protective clothing does testings for the coronavirus at a laboratory as the spread of the disease continues, in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

Photo: AFP

The individual in question was said to have shown the symptoms of the virus but on retesting was found not to be infected.

A doctor Thierry de Greslan was quoted in local media as saying the accuracy of the tests in the early stage of the disease was between 70 and 90 percent.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of people stranded abroad is continuing with two flights today from Vanuatu to Noumea.

Aircalin is using ATR aircraft and flying 25 passengers in each of them.

They are mainly New Caledonian residents but also include 11 people wanting to transit and return to France.

Two repatriation flights from Australia and Japan were completed yesterday.