Micronesia was one of the last countries in the world spared from Covid-19.
An information “alarming“
The Federated States of Micronesia are an island nation of Peaceful, which is one of the last countries in the world spared by Covid-19, reveals Le Journal of Montreal. However, Monday January 11, a first case of coronavirus was detected in this archipelago.
In a televised speech, the president of the Micronesia, David Panuelo, indicated a piece of information “alarming“for these federated states. He clarified that the disease was detected in a sailor of a government ship, the”Chief Mailo“, which had been sent for repairs to the Philippines.
The situation is under control
The Head of State however reassured that the infected person is under close surveillance. In fact, the patient and his colleagues remained on board the boat, located at anchor in a lagoon. “For this reason, all citizens must remain calm. Don’t panic, because the situation is under control“, he said.
Close their borders very early
To protect yourself from the pandemic of coronavirus, the island countries of Peaceful were very effective in deciding to close their borders very early, even if this measure had very costly repercussions for their economies, which are very dependent on tourism.
The state authorities made this decision for several reasons: the weakness of the hospital systems of this archipelago of 100,000 inhabitants, the high prevalence of obesity and heart problems within their population. Now, five countries have all declared at least one case on their soil: Micronesia, Vanuatu, Solomons, Marshall Islands and Samoa.
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