Call for free masks in Tahiti re­jected


Pape’ete: French Poly­ne­sia’s Health Min­is­ter has re­jected an op­po­si­tion call to make masks avail­able for free.

The op­po­si­tion Tavini Huiraatira party said peo­ple are wor­ried af­ter the bor­ders were opened and quar­an­tine re­quire­ments dropped last week for trav­ellers from Europe and the United States de­spite a wors­en­ing COVID-19 out­break.

The Tavini said a box of 50 masks in a phar­macy cost US$50 (FJ$106.55) which meant each masks cost as much as two bread sticks.

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