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Vanuatu Records First COVID-19 Case

Vanuatu reported its first case of the COVID-19 after a citizen who had been repatriated from the US tested positive while in quarantine.

Vanuatu reported its first case of the COVID-19 after a citizen who had been repatriated from the US tested positive while in quarantine.

“A case detected in quarantine is considered a border case and not an outbreak,” clarified the Vanuatu health ministry.

Vanuatu’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Len Tarivonda said the infected man had flown to Vanuatu from the United States via Sydney and Auckland and arrived in the country on November 4. 

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced that contact tracing was to be conducted and all close contacts of the man would be put into quarantine as an extra precaution.

Loughman emphasized that there was no need for a lockdown at this stage but citizens were advised to be vigilant.

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