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Deconfinement: all health restrictions lifted from Sunday 5 a.m. – New Caledonia the 1st

The announcement was made this Friday morning: all health restrictions, put in place since April 5, will be lifted on Sunday morning. New Caledonia has regained its Covid-free character. 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be delivered by mid-May.

“After a month of effort, I am happy and proud to say that New Caledonia has regained its Covid-free character.” Thierry Santa, president of the 16th government in charge of current affairs, announced this morning that all Caledonians will be able to “return to normal life “ from Sunday, from 5 a.m., “so that boarding schools can accommodate students” he clarified.

Rediscover your cultural, religious and festive habits

He also recalled that zero risk does not exist, and that “we must do everything to continue to improve our practices, to be more effective against a possible risk.” Laurent Prévost, High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, clarified that this lifting of all constraints allows gatherings from Sunday morning. “Each Caledonian will be able to rediscover their cultural, religious and festive habits without any need to apply any constraints.” Likewise, it will no longer be compulsory to wear a mask in public places or at work.

Strengthen the sanitary lock

Other than that, few concrete announcements. “Our sanitary lock is being reinforced in the face of a more contagious English variant, assures Thierry Santa. I also asked the government services to come up with a Covid-19 alert system. A tool that will allow us to gain in efficiency. ” Measures that had already been mentioned. “Everything is done to get those who have seen their flight canceled as soon as possible “, added the president all the same.

100,000 doses in mid-May

Regarding vaccination, the campaign will continue to “to achieve collective immunity as quickly as possible.” For his part, Laurent Prévost, High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia calls on Caledonians to take advantage of this opportunity. “100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are to be delivered to New Caledonia by mid-May. “

10 billion Pacific francs

Regarding the sectors affected by this crisis, “the State continues to respond by putting in place concrete measures.” The solidarity fund which enables companies to cope with cash flow difficulties linked to the health context is still in force. “The form will be available later this month. The other aid measures have been extended until the end of June 2021. ” To support the budget of New Caledonia: “As confirmed by Sébastien Lecornu, the Minister of Overseas Territories, the state will contribute significantly to the expenses incurred by New Caledonia in the health crisis with assistance up to 10 billion Pacific francs, according to terms that will be clarified quickly with the government. “

Laurent Prévost, High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia will be the guest of Nadine Goapana’s diary this evening at 7:30 p.m. in New Caledonia the 1st.

Listen to the full press point this Friday here.

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