Pacific islands Kiribati and Samoa report Covid19 cases

Kiribati and Samoa

Pacific islands Kiribati and Samoa report Covid19 cases

Kiribati and Samoa entered lockdowns Saturday after overseas arrivals brought Covid to the Pacific island nations that had avoided the worst of the pandemic for two years.

Until this month, Kiribati hadn’t reported a single virus case, while Samoa had only recorded two since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.

Kiribati will be placed under a curfew and a lockdown. The island’s population will be unable to leave their homes unless it is for essential work or to access the emergency services. Schools will also be closed. 

Kiribati is one of the most isolated islands in the world. It is around 5,000km (3,100 miles) from North America.

Maintaining a long-term state of zero Covid infections has largely been achieved by closing the islands off to all non-essential international travel and implementing strict quarantine measures to control the spread of the few cases that have been imported.