Panic is spreading across the French Overseas Territories where three cases of coronavirus have already been confirmed in Saint-Barthélemy and in Saint-Martin.
Many clashes opposed protesters and the police in different ports and airports of the Reunion and Martinique islands, as residents refuse to let tourists in.
After Italy, France has become a new coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 130 cases, including 9 serious cases.
On Sunday, three cases of coronavirus have been reported in the tourist-rich French overseas territories. Fears of the spread of the disease have led to tensions and riots at different ports an airports.
North Islands: Already 3 infected
Three cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy.
After a Saint-Barth resident contacted the Samu for worrying symptoms, his parents leaving for Paris from Saint-Martin international airport were intercepted by health authorities before their departure on Friday. All three have tested positive.
Two other people are under surveillance in Saint-Martin.
The weekend was also marked by several demonstrations against the arrival of tourists, where riots erupted in different ports and airports of Martinique and La Reunion.
Martinique: Demonstration at the airport – tourist bus blocked
Several dozen people demonstrated Saturday afternoon at Aimé Césaire du Lamentin airport against the landing of a plane from Italy where the number of coronavirus infections is constantly increasing.
Althought the plane landed empty (the cruise company canceled the tickets) concerns loomed over the flight crew and also the professionals who work with them.
Several officials have asked for stricter controls on all travelers arriving on the island. But this was not enough to calm the anger of the demonstrators.
Clashes even broke out with the police as protesters stopped a bus full of 70 German and Belgian tourists who were to board a cruise ship on Saturday evening.
Reunion Island: Cruise ship passengers stranded at Port Est
Thirty Reunion residents tried to stop cruise-ship passengers from leaving the port on Sunday morning, leading to a confrontation with the police.
Out of the 2,000 ship passengers, more than 300 were able to sneak to various excursions before being blocked by the demonstrators.
The Sun Princess is the third ship of this type to anchor in La Réunion this week. But this Sunday, it was too much for the local population and officials who ask for better sanitary controls for those who debark to visit the island.
The ship, which came from South Africa, was turned back from Madagascar before setting sail for Reunion.