Micronesia’s first COVID outbreak reaches 1,000 cases – after avoiding the virus for two-and-a-half years

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Last week the Pacific island nation is thought to have become the final nation in the world with a population of more than 100,000 to suffer an outbreak of the disease – after avoiding it for two-and-a-half years thanks to its geographic isolation and border controls.

Micronesia’s first outbreak of COVID-19 has burgeoned to more than 1,000 cases in one week.

Last week the Pacific island nation is thought to have become the final nation in the world with a population of more than 100,000 to suffer an outbreak of the disease – after avoiding it for two-and-a-half years thanks to its geographic isolation and border controls.

Health officials said cases were rapidly increasing and the country reported 140 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 1,261.

Eight people have been admitted to hospital and one older man has died, officials said.

Several top politicians and senior officials have caught the disease, including Vice President Yosiwo George, who has been admitted to hospital. Officials said his condition was improving.

The initial outbreak came less than two weeks before Micronesia planned to end its quarantine restrictions and reopen its borders to the world on 1 August.

Micronesia is an island country consisting of four states spread across the western Pacific, around 2,900km (1,802 miles) north of eastern Australia.

Agencies

 

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