New Caledonia on lockdown; nine local Covid cases detected

The previously coronavirus-free New Caledonia has been placed on a two-week lockdown beginning today following the discovery of nine locally transmitted Covid-19 cases.

New Caledonia President Thierry Santa ordered all people returning from Wallis and Futuna since Jan. 25 to isolate themselves and contact the health department.

The outbreak in Noumea was detected after a school headteacher fell ill on the neighboring Wallis and Futuna islands, prompting authorities to screen for cases.

Passenger flights between the two French territories have been suspended and internal flights in New Caledonia as well as flights between Wallis and Futuna are being stopped. They also put the brakes on their travel bubble.