4 Mar 2021

Almost a year since first Covid-19 in French Polynesia

From , 6:02 am on 4 March 2021

It's almost a year since the first Covid-19 case was diagnosed French Polynesia. It also was the first in the Pacific Islands.

Maina Sage, who is a member of the French National Assembly, brought the virus from Paris, triggering a sharp lockdown.

But once the virus had been eliminated, Tahiti and its island opened for tourists but saw Covid-19 spread throughout the community and infect thousands.

Now the borders have again been shut on orders from Paris.

Looking back at the past year, I asked my colleague Walter Zweifel how the pandemic unfolded in French Polynesia.

Media briefing in Tahiti

Media briefing in Tahiti Photo: supplied