4 Aug 2020

Wallis isolates traveller from France

6:25 pm on 4 August 2020

A passenger arriving in Wallis and Futuna has been placed in quarantine as a precaution over Covid-19.

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

Photo: Michael Runkel

Local television reported that the individual was among 38 people who had arrived from France via New Caledonia on Saturday.

It said the person was defined as a contact person because of proximity to a virus carrier.

Wallis and Futuna is the only French-run territory yet to record a Covid-19 case.

In May, 115 residents were returned to the territory after being stranded in New Caledonia by Covid enforced border closures. They were quarantined in two hotels and cruise ship on arrival.

Last month, five business people who had been stranded in Fiji for three months were also flown back to Wallis and Futuna, reportedly at a cost of $US24,000. They were quarantined for a fortnight.