French Polynesia Covid-19 cases top 1000

11:15 am on 14 September 2020

French Polynesia has recorded another 67 Covid-19 cases since yesterday, raising its total to 1020.

Masks now compulsory on French Polynesia public transport

Covid-19 keeps spreading in Tahiti Photo: supplied

958 of them were detected since the beginning of August after the government and the French High Commission opened the border and abolished mandatory quarantine requirements to boost tourism.

Funerals for the only fatalities to date, a couple in their 80s from Papeete, took place over the weekend.

Most active cases are in urban areas of Tahiti, but there are also some in Moorea and Hao.

Meanwhile an estimated 150 people held a rally in Papeete to protest against newly introduced obligations to wear a mask.

Masks are compulsory in enclosed public places and on public transport while students aged 11 and older also have to wear them.

However reports said those joining the march were wearing masks as not be fined.

Repeat offenders risk being fined up to $US900.

During the first Covid-19 wave from March to June, 62 people contracted the virus.