French Polynesia extends their COVID-19 lockdown to September 20 following the deaths of more than 200 people over the past two weeks. The lockdown extension will apply to the Society Islands and the Tuamotus archipelago as the number of cases increase in those regions.
Prime Minister Jean Castex announces that 38 more departments, as well as French Polynesia, will be placed under curfew starting October 24. In total, 54 departments will now adhere to the new hourly limitations between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. local time, affecting almost 46 million people in these areas.
New Zealand's Chatham Islands, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Ecuador's Galápagos Islands are among the other world areas struck by the resulting tsunami as the "biggest tsunami warning in history" gets underway.