New restrictions have been taken by the authorities.
The virus is wreaking havoc in French Polynesia. There are nearly 200 deaths for a population of 280,000. There are more than 1,500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is one of the highest rates in the world. The hospital is overloaded. The average age of hospitalisation is 35 years. Even babies have been hospitalised. The reason for these ever-changing numbers is that patients often suffer from obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The big fear for health workers is that they will have to sort out which patients can be treated and which ones cannot…
Curfews and Sunday lockdowns
The High Commissioner Dominique Sorain (representative of the French State) has announced severe measures: limitations on gatherings, curfew from 9pm to 4am, and Sunday lockdown in Tahiti and Moorea. Before taking a plane or boat to the islands, travellers will have to show a negative test or proof of vaccination. Meanwhile, New Caledonia, another French territory in the Pacific, remains Covid free.