Covid-19: New Caledonia cases rise to seven

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NOUMEA (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — New Caledonia has recorded a further two Covid-19 cases, bringing its total to seven.

No details have been released about the circumstances of their infection. They have been transferred to the isolation ward at the hospital.

More than 1,000 people are in isolation in hotels, but the government says some of them may soon be allowed to leave under strict conditions.

To cope with the economic impact, the government has asked France to give it half a billion dollars as a gesture of national solidarity.

The government has assured the public that there is no shortage of supplies and that cash machines will remain stocked.

Restrictions came into force at midnight on Tuesday morning, meaning all meetings and events will be banned for two weeks.