First COVID-19 Cases Reported in Nauru

President Lionel Aingimea of the Pacific nation Nauru has announced its first two COVID-19 cases but assured the public on Saturday that the two cases are safely contained in quarantine.

“Nauru remains safe and there is no cause for panic,” Aingimea said.

Officials said the two cases most likely had a common exposure contact at the Brisbane airport on Thursday.

“Both persons are well and do not have any symptoms and are being cared for by the medical team at the negative pressure Covid ward at the RON (Republic of Nauru) Hospital,” officials added.

The Nauru government said two other people are also quarantined in the Covid ward, including the spouse of one of the cases who traveled together on the same flight.

According to reports, the two cases both traveled on the same flight from Brisbane to Nauru, had entered pre-travel quarantine in Brisbane on Sunday, and were tested three times.

Officials suspected that many of the passengers on the flight were exposed to the same COVID-19 source at Brisbane Airport on Thursday.

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