Micronesia Reports First COVID Cases

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) reported last week its first multiple COVID-19 local cases, with its vice president reportedly contracting the virus on Sunday. 

“Yosiwo George, vice president of the Federated States of Micronesia, is hospitalized in the state of Pohnpei and is positive with COVID-19,” the president’s office said.  

On Friday, authorities reported 648 cases, with 449 recorded on Thursday. 

According to reports, the state of Pohnpei reported more than 450 cases, 185 in Kosrae, seven in Chuuk, and three in Yap.  

“I am advised those are border cases from previous repatriation flights and that Yap and Chuuk remain COVID-19 free in their communities, at least as of now,” government spokesperson Richard Clark said.  

Authorities said that 25 people in Kosrae state tested positive in the hospital, while a field medical team found ten out of 11 members of one family positive for the virus.  

The outbreak came less than two weeks before the country announced plans to end its quarantine restrictions and reopen borders to the world in August.  

FSM is most likely the last nation with a population of more than 100,000 in the world to experience the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Pacific archipelago managed to avoid any outbreaks for more than two and a half years because of its geographic isolation and border controls. 

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