Kiribati, the remote country where the arrival of an international flight caused the first quarantine since the start of the covid-19 pandemic

The remote nation of Kiribati, made up of several atolls and islands in the Pacific Ocean, ordered this Saturday the first quarantine in the country since the covid-19 pandemic was declared in March 2019.

The decision was made after at least 36 passengers who arrived on the first permitted international flight in 10 months were infected with covid-19.

According to the Kiribati government, people must stay at home and social gatherings are prohibited.

In addition to the 36 passengers, four other people on the island were infected with the virus. Until before the arrival of this flight, only two cases of contagion had been reported in the country.

Kiribati is one of the most isolated countries in the world. It is located about 5,000 kilometers from the nearest continent (North America).

Kiribati is located on the Pacific Ocean. GETTY IMAGES

It was also clarified that all passengers had both vaccines.

Although the government order became effective this Saturday, it is unknown how long it will last.

People in Kiribati are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential services, such as grocery shopping, and only between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

“The only way we can fight this virus is through full vaccination,” President Taneti Maamau’s office said on Facebook. “The public is urged to complete their vaccination doses to protect themselves and their families.”

It is not known what proportion of the 120,000 people in the country have been fully vaccinated.

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