Remote Pacific Islands, With Only 2 Covid Cases Until Now, In Lockdown

0

Until this month, Kiribati hadn’t reported a single virus case, while Samoa had only recorded two since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.

Remote Pacific Islands, With Only 2 Covid Cases Until Now, In Lockdown

Around 62 percent of Samoa’s population is fully vaccinated. (Representational)

Sydney:

Kiribati and Samoa entered lockdowns Saturday after overseas arrivals brought Covid to the Pacific island nations that had avoided the worst of the pandemic for two years.

Until this month, Kiribati hadn’t reported a single virus case, while Samoa had only recorded two since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.

But authorities in both countries have been forced to put in place stay-at-home orders after the virus was detected in international arrivals.

Dozens of passengers on a flight to Kiribati from Fiji — the first to arrive in the nation since borders reopened — tested positive for the virus.

And in Samoa, the restrictions were triggered after cases linked to a repatriation flight from Brisbane rose to 15, prime minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said.

The restrictions will lift on Monday night and all current cases — believed to be infected with the Omicron variant — are in quarantine, she added.

Kiribati’s leader said the capital — home to almost half of the country’s 120,000 population — would be placed under the restrictions after recording its first community cases.

“There is now an assumption that Covid-19 is now spreading in the community,” President Taneti Maamau said in a statement on Facebook.

Under the restrictions, locals must stay home unless in need of essentials like food or healthcare.

It was unclear how long the lockdown would last, but a previous announcement said similar restrictions would end Thursday.

Around 62 percent of Samoa’s population is fully vaccinated, while about 34 percent of Kiribati’s population is double-jabbed, according to WHO data.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by our staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

All the data shown above will be stored by www.rajpostexam.com on https://www.rajpostexam.com/. At any point of time, you can contact us and select the data you wish to anonymise or delete so it cannot be linked to your email address any longer. When your data is anonymised or deleted, you will receive an email confirmation. We also use cookies and/or similar technologies to analyse customer behaviour, administer the website, track users' movements, and to collect information about users. This is done in order to personalise and enhance your experience with us. Click here to read our Cookie Policy.