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Source: Government of New Caledonia

The chairman of the government has drawn up an stock of the situation of the crisis of the Covid-19. The occasion for Thierry Santa to present the strategy of the government in the event of a new introduction of the virus.

While fifty-two days had passed without a new case – showing that “the virus is not circulating in New Caledonia,” recalled the president of the government, the test of a person repatriated from Metropolis was concluded to be weakly positive. Realized at the end of its quatorzaine in a hotel, the screening, supplemented by a serological analysis showed the presence of traces of an infection dating more than a month. However, as provided for in the protocol of the health directorate for health and social Affairs, this person has been isolated to the unit Covid-19 of the CHT, where she will remain until such time as both tests were performed at 48-hour intervals, are clearly negative. “In a way, this event strengthens us in the choice of measures taken at the entrance to protect the New Caledonia, but also those implemented in the territory since the 4th of may and which will expire on 14 June. This period of six weeks had the objective of preparing the necessary tools to improve our ability for detection and screening of cases, as well as isolation of cases-contact “, introduced Thierry Santa.

Relay for prevention and screening

These “prerequisites” provided, for example, to build on the community networks by designating referents, and on community physicians and nurses to spread prevention messages. These caregivers may also carry samples. Side screening, the government plans to establish a second centre of analysis in the Northern province, in addition to the Médipôle, and to prepare privately owned analytical laboratory to support in case of need. Finally, work is being carried out with the common and customary authorities to identify places that welcome potential case contact.


“This does not mean that measures to the entry of New Caledonia will be lifted. On the contrary, we stay in the objective to prevent, by all means, the introduction of the virus in the territory. But of course, we’re going to continue the cargo flights and repatriation after the 5 June in the framework of the priority rules and protocols that have been defined, ” insisted Thierry Santa. Thus, the suspension of scheduled international flights has been extended until 31 July, while the device of quatorzaine at the hotel, followed by a week of confinement to home, remains the rule for repatriated persons. However, the government is studying the possibility of relaxing our measures for territories such as Wallis & Futuna, free Covid-19.

To this day, a little more than 2 100 people have already returned. As soon as all returnees will be returned, according to the criteria set by the government, the conditions of support of the quatorzaine in hotels might evolve. Various proposals are currently under study. It is estimated that 2.4 billion francs in the budget already committed to the scheme of repatriation, in New Caledonia (requisition of Aircalin, hotels, cost of catering, cleaning, transport, health, etc).

All of the topics covered by Thierry Santa will be discussed by the government in collegiality in order to reach common decisions.

New economic measures

Thierry Santa also brought up at this point, the devices, for some extended until may 31, of the State, the government and the provinces for the safeguarding of the economy and employment. May 27, 2 500 companies have made the request to the eligibility of their employees to the system of partial unemployment, for a total of more than 19 000 employees. In addition, 316 requests for deferral of tax charges have been made, while requests for deferral of social security contributions have resulted in a 14% decrease in entries of these contributions. “The government is considering new measures to the benefit of enterprises permanently affected by the crisis : air and ground transportation, travel agencies or tourism service providers,” said the president of the government.

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