Pacific island nations are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases

Beijing, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) –Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many Pacific island countries have taken early measures such as entry control and flight suspension, which have kept the number of infections at a low level or even “zero confirmed cases” for a long time.However, these countries have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases recently and the epidemic prevention situation is grim.More than 780 new cases were reported in the Solomon Islands in the past two weeks, bringing the total to 2,357 as of February 4, overwhelming the health system, according to aid agencies.Photo taken on Oct. 10, 2019 shows the capital Honiara on Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.Kiribati said last month it had found 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on its first inbound flight nearly two years after it closed its borders.All 54 passengers on the flight, which arrived in Kiribati from Fiji on 14 January, underwent novel coronavirus tests and were vaccinated against COVID-19 before departure, but 36 of them tested positive after the flight.Kiribati has previously reported only two confirmed cases of COVID-19, both found on a fishing boat at sea in May 2021.The total number of confirmed cases in Kiribati has reached 913 as of Thursday.The total number of confirmed cases in Palau reached 2,115 as of Monday, most of which were confirmed in the past month.Tonga first reported imported COVID-19 cases in October 2021, in passengers who had flown in from Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.Tonga reported its first homegrown case of the virus on January 1, in two dockworkers.(Yang Shuyi)

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