Covid-19 outbreak forces school closures in French Polynesia

9:33 am on 18 August 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak in French Polynesia has prompted a week-long closure of several schools on Tahiti.

Papeete, capital of French Polynesia

Papeete, capital of French Polynesia Photo: RNZI

Two schools have each reported a Covid-19 case, including a school run by the Maohi Protestant Church which decided to shut its seven teaching establishments.

They all plan to reopen next week.

The last official tally showed 130 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the second wave, which arrived after quarantine requirements for international arrivals were lifted last month when borders reopened to boost the tourism sector.

Most cases were locally transmitted.

Calls to reintroduce mandatory quarantine requirements were rebuffed by the government.

Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Society Islands and the Tuamotus while results are expected from tests in the Marquesas.