Wallis and Futuna again imports Covid-19 case

Wallis and Futuna has recorded a Covid-19 case among the passengers of the first flight from New Caledonia since the border reopened last week.

75 travellers arrived in Wallis after spending seven days in pre-departure quarantine in Noumea and returning negative tests.

After their arrival, they were in home isolation for three days after which a further test was carried out when a Futuna resident was found to have Covid-19.

The public broadcaster said the individual has been transferred to hospital.

The territory lost its only external airlink in September when New Caledonia went into lockdown over a fresh Covid-19 community outbreak.

More than half of the population has declined to be inoculated, and in June, some of the vaccines were returned.