French Polynesia's second wave of Covid-19 reaches 50 cases

5:09 pm on 11 August 2020

French Polynesia has recorded another 43 Covid-19 cases since Friday, in a fresh infection spike coinciding with last month's abolition of quarantine requirements.

A lab assistant manipulates samples, at a COVID-19 screening centre of Saint Andre Hospital in Bordeaux, on May 20, 2020, as the hospital takes part in an operation of a screening and testing drive of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), organised in the city centre. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)

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The latest cases were detected in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and Rangiroa.

The tally was given by the government after appeals had been made on social media for people to get tested who had been at a restaurant event in late July.

One person is in hospital care.

Since the quarantine was lifted a total of 50 cases have been confirmed, with 10 of them being imported.

38 were found to be local transmissions and two cases are still unexplained.

All 50 people are now in dedicated isolation facilities.

Among the new Covid-19 cases is a teacher from France.

The cluster linked to the Tahiti restaurant prompted the establishment's closure.

The outbreak also led to the cancelation of rugby practice and rugby games.

In the first wave from March to its elimination in June 62 cases were recorded.

To boost the ailing tourism sector, the border reopened in July and the two-week quarantine requirement was done away with.