Federated States of Micronesia, a remote Pacific nation, confirmed that it has detected its first case of the new covid-19 in its territory
| 01/11/2021 | ionicons-v5-c01: 21 | – . |
Federated States of Micronesia, a remote Pacific nation, confirmed this Monday that it has detected its first case of covid-19 in its territory after dodging the pandemic during 2020.
The president of Micronesia, David Panuelo, asked its 111,000 inhabitants to « remain calm » during a televised speech broadcast on social networks in which he assured that the situation remains « under control. »
The president of this federation, made up of the states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae, pointed out that the first infected is a sailor from a government ship that traveled to the Philippines for a series of repairs to the ship.
The patient, considered asymptomatic, and 11 other crew members remain confined to the ship, anchored off the coast of Pohnpei, and under the supervision of the health authorities.
Panuelo indicated that the country continues with its daily life and that no measure of social distance will be imposed for the moment.
« In the event that the covid-19 reaches our communities, the national government will implement the decree of Social Distancing for the affected state, » remarked the leader, recognizing the lack of medical personnel in Pohnpei.
The country, a signatory to the Free Association Agreement with the United States, has already received 9,800 doses of the vaccine produced by the pharmaceutical company Moderna and began its vaccination campaign on December 31 with the inoculation of the president himself.
REMOTE COVID-FREE LOCATIONS
Some of the remote Pacific island nations are among the few places in the world where they are still free of the virus, which has not yet been detected in Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Palau, Nauru, Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu, according to data from the World Health Organization.
The success of these countries, with a deficient health infrastructure, is mainly due to their geographic isolation and strict border closure, which makes it difficult even for their diaspora to repatriate.