Covid-19 outbreak reaches French Polynesia assembly

10:16 am on 29 August 2020

Several people working at French Polynesia's assembly have tested positive for Covid-19.

The French Polynesia parliament building

The French Polynesia parliament building Photo: RNZ

Its website said those affected are in isolation at home and the offices used by them had been cleaned and disinfected.

It said efforts were being made to identify those who could have been in close contact with the infected employees.

La Depeche de Tahiti reported since yesterday the entire staff of Assembly President Gaston Tong Sang had been working from home.

Events or meetings at the assembly premises have been deferred or cancelled.

Yesterday Health Minister Jacques Raynal said despite a worsening Covid-19 situation, a State of Emergency and a lockdown were not being considered.

Raynal told a news conference the territory was moving into the maximum alert level which could see targeted restrictions affecting some neighbourhoods.

385 Covid-19 cases have been recorded this month, four times more than in the previous infection wave from March to June.

Covid-19 began to spread again after the government last month opened the border to boost tourism and abolished quarantine requirements for arriving travellers.