COVID-19: This country detects its first case of contagion; find out what it is

Tonga, a small archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, detected its first case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic almost two years ago and it is considering confining its most populated island, its prime minister said on Saturday.

This tiny kingdom, with barely 106,000 inhabitants, was among the rare countries in the world that had escaped the new coronavirus. The person who tested positive was in quarantine on the island of Tongatapu, where almost its entire population is concentrated, after returning to Tonga on a repatriation flight from New Zealand.

Prime Minister Pohiva Tuionetoa raised the possibility of decreeing a confinement on that island, although it would not be imminent this weekend. “We should use this time to prepare in case more people are confirmed with the virus,” he said.

The infected person had received the second dose of the anticovid vaccine in mid-October, according to health authorities.
The New Zealand Health Ministry reported that the patient had tested negative before boarding the plane in the city of Christchurch, where there are only four known cases of COVID-19, all in the same household.



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