This week, a 23-year-old man who returned to the United States from the quarantine area tested positive during isolation. Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that the man flew to Vanuatu on November 4 and was asymptomatic.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release: “During the flight, during the entire arrival process, during transportation to the quarantine facility, and during registration at the quarantine facility, physical evacuation and personal protection measures were taken.”
The Ministry of Health stated that the man will remain in isolation until he obtains a health certificate.
Vanuatu, with a population of 300,000, avoids recording any Covid-19 cases. It may have avoided the virus due to its remote location-it is more than 1,000 miles away from Australia, the largest neighboring country-and consists of several smaller unconnected islands.
If a series of cases are recorded, the next phase in the country will include travel restrictions between islands and the use of masks for people with Covid-19 symptoms.