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Vanuatu reports first case of coronavirus

Agencies/Port Vila, Vanuatu
Filed on November 11, 2020

(Reuters)

The man had recently returned from the US.

Health authorities in Vanuatu have announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, which was one of a few countries that were free of Covid-19 until now.

The ministry of health said that a 23-year-old man, who recently returned from the US, tested positive for the virus while in quarantine.

"A case detected in quarantine is considered a border case and not an outbreak," the ministry said in a statement, adding that health protocols were in place to contain the virus.

The man had arrived in the island nation on November 4 from the US, via Sydney and Auckland.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman said on Wednesday that contact tracing was underway and all close contacts of the man would be put into quarantine.

He stressed that there was no need for a lockdown at this stage but people are advised to be vigilant.

With inputs from Wam and Xinhua





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