January 28, 2023

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Two years released from Corona: Flight from Fiji brings first-time 36 victims to Kiribati

Absence of corona for two years so far
The first flight to Kripatti left 36 people dead

The southern coastal state of Kiribati, with a population of about 120,000, closed its borders in March 2020 for fear of an epidemic – with success. Only two people have been confirmed to have corona infection. Until a plane lands on the archipelago from Fiji.

For two years, the southern seaboard state of Kiribati has completely isolated the Corona from its islands – the first plane now allowed to land brought 36 victims to the archipelago. On the flight from Fiji, 54 people were fully vaccinated and underwent three Govt tests before departure, all of which were negative, the government said.

After arriving in Kiribati on Friday, 36 of the passengers were tested positive for the virus. They were taken to an isolation center. Someone working at the center is currently infected. As the virus could spread outside the isolated ward, authorities immediately introduced the need for masks by imposing night-time exit restrictions on citizens. Meetings of more than ten people were banned, and the sale of alcohol was banned.

Republic Kiribati is one of the poorest countries in the world

The Republic of Kiribati is a coral reef and island nation with a population of about 120,000. The archipelago is located near the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The government closed its borders in March 2020 for fear of an epidemic. Until the flight from Fiji, only two infections were recorded, but not on fishing boats and on land.

Kiribati, with its capital, South Tarawa, is one of the poorest countries in the world, and according to the Federal Foreign Office, medical care options are scarce. Emergencies often require flying thousands of miles to New Zealand or Australia.

(This article was originally published on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.)

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