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Two-thirds of passengers on flight to Pacific island who remained Covid-free test positive

Pacific island that remained Covid-free is now stricken with the disease after first flight lands and two-thirds of passengers test positive for coronavirus

  • The island of Kiribati now plans to impose a lockdown from Saturday in an effort to contain the spread of Covid. to stop
  • A Fiji Airways flight from Fiji to Kiribati’s capital, South Tarawa, was the first flight to land on the island after the government reopened its borders
  • Of the 54 passengers on board last Friday, 36 were diagnosed with Covid



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A Pacific island that has remained Covid-free during the pandemic has reopened its borders – but was only hit by the disease after the first international flight landed, with two-thirds of its passengers testing positive.

The island of Kiribati now plans to impose a lockdown from Saturday in an effort to stop the spread of Covid, after four more cases emerged outside the quarantined group.

A Fiji Airways flight from Fiji to Kiribati’s capital, South Tarawa, was the first flight to land on the island in 10 months after the government reopened its borders.

But of the 54 passengers on board the flight last Friday, 36 were diagnosed with Covid, prompting the government to quickly set up a quarantine facility for all travelers.

The government has now announced an island-wide lockdown from Saturday after officials confirmed there are four positive Covid cases outside the group of quarantined passengers.

The island of Kiribati now plans to impose a lockdown from Saturday in an effort to stop the spread of Covid, after four more cases emerged outside the quarantined group (file image)

The island of Kiribati now plans to impose a lockdown from Saturday in an effort to stop the spread of Covid, after four more cases emerged outside the quarantined group (file image)

The government announced an island-wide lockdown from Saturday after officials confirmed there are four positive Covid cases outside the group of quarantined passengers.  Pictured: A map showing where the Pacific island of Kiribati is

The government announced an island-wide lockdown from Saturday after officials confirmed there are four positive Covid cases outside the group of quarantined passengers.  Pictured: A map showing where the Pacific island of Kiribati is

The government announced an island-wide lockdown from Saturday after officials confirmed there are four positive Covid cases outside the group of quarantined passengers. Pictured: A map showing where the Pacific island of Kiribati is

Officials had previously confirmed that a guard at the quarantine center had tested positive on Tuesday and that two of his closest contacts in the village of Bouta had been quarantined. Two more positive cases were discovered in the community on Thursday.

But the government today confirmed in a rack that a fourth Covid case has surfaced.

Starting Saturday, Kiribati will be subject to a curfew and lockdown, with people unable to leave their homes unless it is for essential work or to access emergency services. Schools will also be closed.

All flight arrivals from Fiji had been quarantined for two weeks before their departure and had undergone Covid testing, the Kiribati government said in a statement, raising questions about how they contracted the virus. All passengers were vaccinated.

Locals in Kiribati said they were concerned that the virus has now hit the island.

‘As parents, we worry about our children because, unlike us, they are not vaccinated and do not have access to them’ [a vaccine] on the island,” Kareaua Nawaia, 32, a school teacher and father of three, told the guard.

dr. Tabutoa Eria, expressed concern about the delay in imposing the lockdown, writing on Facebook: ‘It could be’ [be] too late if you [the lockdown] come next week. Our beloved and beautiful people please avoid unnecessary movements. Virus won’t move if we don’t.’

The Kiribati government said last month that: 93.4 percent of the population aged 18 and over has had one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, but only 53.1 percent received a double shot.

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The government today urged the public to get vaccinated.

“In this difficult and challenging situation, the government is calling on elders, church, island councils, community and youth leaders for their support and cooperation to protect and safeguard our health and nation.

“The only way we can fight this virus is through full vaccination and so the public is urged to complete their vaccination doses to protect themselves and families. It is vital that everyone works together and trusts each other to do our part in fighting this pandemic.”

A number of outlying islands – including Kiribati – have adopted a ‘zero Covid’ policy by imposing travel bans.

But Andrew Preston, a professor of microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath, said zero-covid strategies are untenable.

“The scenario where zero Covid had the greatest credibility was to maintain, while very high levels of immunity were built with vaccination,” he said. CNBC.

“However, for most countries it has proven very difficult to get a level of vaccination high enough to prevent the spread of an imported case, and now with omicron’s ability to re-infect and re-infect the vaccinated, it seems to be a non-starter. as a long-term policy.’

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