MIL OSI Translation. French Polynesian to English –
Source: Government of New Caledonia
Government President Louis Mapou and High Commissioner Patrice Faure addressed Caledonians on Monday, September 6. After the discovery of several positive cases of Covid-19 in New Caledonia, strict confinement of the population will begin on Tuesday, September 7 at noon for a period of 15 days.
As soon as three positive cases of Covid-19 were announced in the Caledonian population on Monday, September 6 in the middle of the day, health investigations were launched. “These are three people residing in New Caledonia, but at a distance from each other, without any connection between them and who have not traveled recently,” said Louis Mapou. This means that the virus has started to circulate in New Caledonia. At this time, it is possible that several dozen Caledonians are probably already infected with the Covid-19 virus. “
Containment from tomorrow at noon
Investigations were launched immediately to identify contact cases. At the same time, strong measures have been taken to stop the transmission of the virus. “They are the result of a concerted decision with the Caledonian authorities, informed by the advice of the expert committee which has advised the government since the onset of the health crisis,” said High Commissioner Patrice Faure.
A 15-day lockdown will come into effect tomorrow, Tuesday September 7 at noon, with many restrictions. A decree signed jointly by the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia and the President of the Government, will detail the rules applicable until Tuesday, September 21 at noon. It will be published in the Official Journal of New Caledonia as soon as possible.
This confinement should also make it possible to massively vaccinate the population. This is “what is at stake for the next few days,” said Louis Mapou. “Vaccination is, I remind you, the best way, if not the only one, to protect oneself from serious forms of Covid-19 and therefore to preserve our hospital capacities”, he insisted.
Go out masked, schools closed
Wearing a surgical mask or UNS1 is mandatory outside the home from this Monday evening for all people aged 11 and over. People with disabilities can be exempted upon presentation of a medical certificate.
All educational and training establishments, as well as leisure centers, are closed from Tuesday, September 7 in the morning. The nurseries will close at noon on Tuesday. Children under 16 of personnel essential to the management of the health crisis will be welcomed in the coming days.
From Tuesday at noon, individual trips outside the home will be prohibited, except for certain reasons: trips between home and work when the presence of the person is essential for the activity, essential purchases, medical appointments, etc. . A travel certificate will be put in place. Identical to that of March 2021, it will also allow you to get vaccinated.
“All economic activities which do not receive public access can be maintained,” added the President of the Government. But employers are encouraged to favor teleworking and, if this is not possible, to respect barrier gestures and social distancing. “
On the other hand, air and sea transport to Bélep, the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines are suspended, as are the RAI buses. Only the Tanéo network is maintained. This week’s Tokyo flights are being maintained for medical personnel only.
With regard to population groups, Caledonians are asked not to take risks and to show good citizenship. Whether friendly, family, religious or customary, gatherings, demonstrations and meetings are prohibited. “In the current circumstances, restriction remains the rule and freedom the exception,” Patrice Faure insisted. Everyone’s safety is at stake. “
Reception of the public is prohibited in museums and cultural establishments, theaters and cinemas, restaurants (except for take-out), bars, nightclubs, nakamals, and gaming rooms, casinos and bingos. By way of derogation, public reception is maintained in strict compliance with barrier gestures in certain categories of goods and services businesses, according to a list similar to that of March 2021.
Numbers for information
The 05 05 02, free toll-free number, will be activated from Tuesday at noon. He will answer all questions and refer people who develop symptoms. “This is the number you should call if you have a fever or have an unusual cough, and not the 15th, which is reserved for life-threatening emergencies,” said the government president.
For its part, the High Commission will reactivate its public information unit, which can be reached on 26 63 26.
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