8 Aug 2020

Another positive Covid-19 test in New Caledonia

6:45 pm on 8 August 2020

New Caledonia has detected another Covid-19 case - the first in three weeks.

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A government statement said the 23rd person to test positive was an individual travelling alone.

The infection was diagnosed at the end of the two-week mandatory quarantine in government-run accommodation in Noumea.

All 23 Covid-19 cases to date have been imported and none triggered any transmission in the community.

The borders are largely closed but access is granted for returning residents and some personnel from France.

There will be an influx of officials and observers in the lead-up to the October referendum on independence from France.