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Covid 19: French Polynesia Closes Its Schools And Tightens Containment For

Covid-19: French Polynesia closes its schools and tightens containment for at least two weeks

Containment has been extended to more islands and will be in effect throughout the week, announced High Commissioner Dominique Sorain and President Edouard Fritch.

Taaone hospital in Papeete, French Polynesia, August 20, 2021 (MIKE LEYRAL / AFP)

New turn of the screw in French Polynesia against the Covid-19 epidemic. Schools, colleges and high schools will close “starting Monday” due to the outbreak of Covid-19, announced the president of the archipelago Edouard Fritch, Saturday, August 21. Polynesian students returned to school two weeks ago, but many schools and colleges have already closed after the virus spread among children or teachers. Young people accommodated in boarding schools will be kept on site.

The confinement is extended from Monday, August 23 to Monday, September 6 to all of the Society’s islands, said High Commissioner Dominique Sorain. “We have decided to limit as much as possible (…) the movements of the population in the most affected areas”. Restrictions under “What it is customary to call confinement” will concern the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, the most populous archipelagos in Polynesia where “The epidemic is the most dazzling”. This confinement implies the closure of all non-essential shops, bars and restaurants, specifies Polynesia La 1ère.

Advanced curfew at 8 p.m.

In addition, the curfew, which ran from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., “Will be brought forward to start at 8 pm throughout the territory of French Polynesia”, added Dominque Sorain. On the other hand, “Containment only on weekends is maintained on the islands concerned in the Tuamotu Gambier”, and the Marquesas and the Austral Islands are not affected.

The virus appeared to have almost disappeared from Polynesia between March and July. But with the Delta variant, he returned with incredible violence, saturating the Tahiti hospital center in a month. The incidence rate reached 2,800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Polynesia, the highest rate in France.

Two thirds of Polynesians are not vaccinated and “98% of patients admitted to intensive care” are not either, explained this week Jacques Raynal, Minister of Health of the local government. Dominique Sorain and Edouard Fritch therefore called again on the population to be massively vaccinated in order to effectively fight against the spread of the virus and its serious forms.