Marshall Islands reports first COVID-19 outbreak

10:15 09 August Kyiv, Ukraine

In the Marshall Islands, previously considered a country free from COVID-19, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, an outbreak of coronavirus infection was recorded.
Over the past day, doctors registered six infected, Radio New Zealand radio station reported, citing the local Ministry of Health on Tuesday, August 9.

The diagnosis was confirmed in one of the clinics in the country's capital, Majuro. According to the secretary of the department, Jack Niedenthal, doctors cannot yet determine the source of the infection. None of the infected people traveled abroad and did not come into contact with patients of the border isolation facility (the country's borders have remained closed to foreigners since March 2020, and mandatory quarantine is provided for incoming citizens).

The Government of the Marshall Islands has announced emergency measures to protect against the spread of coronavirus in the country. Until October 10, the start of the academic year was postponed in secondary schools and universities. Citizens were advised to observe sanitary and hygienic rules.
“We recommend that you remain calm and follow all medical protocols adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ” President David Kabua said, recalling the mandatory wearing of medical masks in public places.
All businesses and government agencies will continue to operate as usual, however, communications between the outlying islands of the archipelago will be stopped to limit the spread of the virus to the capital region of the country.

About 55,000 people live in the Marshall Islands, more than 75% of whom have been vaccinated against coronavirus, according to the 2021 census.. Until August 2022, the country was considered free from coronavirus, its borders remained closed, and isolated cases of infection were recorded only in border isolation centers among citizens who arrived from abroad.