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COVID-19 case on Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia

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Paul Gauguin has turned back to its Papeete homeport after the COVID-19 case was detected on board
Passengers aboard Paul Gauguin have been told to stay in their cabins after a case of COVID-19 was detected Saturday evening by the ship's doctor.

Everyone will be tested

The 332-passenger ship, which was sailing between Bora Bora and the Rangiroa Islands, immediately turned around to head back to its homeport, Papeete, Tahiti. A team of specialists will test everyone on board.

It is not known how many passengers are on this cruise, but reduced occupancy is part of the company's coronavirus protocols. Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned by Ponant and follows its parent's enhanced health/safety plan. 

Sailings resumed July 18

Paul Gauguin resumed sailing July 18 for local residents and opened to international travelers on July 29. French Polynesia began welcoming visitors of all nationalities July 15.