Vanuatu is now COVID-free again. The welcoming news was announced by Prime Minister Bob Loughman yesterday afternoon, as he revealed the test results from the first COVID-19 patient sent to Australia for further examination, came back negative.
While the government is planning to end repatriation early next month, charter flights to get workers to Australia for seasonal work can still be arranged, said the Commissioner of Labour, Murielle Meltenoven.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) is waiting for the verification result of the COVID-19 patient swab test from a laboratory in Australia, said Director General (DG) of the MoH, Russell Tamata.
Frontline health workers who are and will be risking their own health to take care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic are entitled to a risk allowance of Vt18,000 on top of their usual pay.
The risk of coronavirus spreading from the occupants of the foreign yacht to locals on Tanna is very low, said Prime Minister (PM), Bob Loughman.
People returning on repatriation flights from medium and high-risk coronavirus countries must have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding.
The Government, through the Council of Ministers (COM) has endorsed the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) to lift temporary travel restrictions issued over Efate and its offshore islands.
The SHEFA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to better manage and coordinate emergency response on Efate and its offshore islands, following the confirmation of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Vanuatu.
The movement of people on north Tanna to other parts of the island is temporarily restricted as seven people were sent to quarantine after reportedly getting into contact with occupants on a yacht that had arrived illegally in Vanuatu from French Polynesia.
A team from the WASH Cluster has been visiting businesses in Port Vila which include shops, restaurants, nakamals and any institution generating any form of revenue to ensure they are still complying with the hand hygiene order issued under the State of Emergency (SoE).
The 23-year-old who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been transferred out from the quarantine site to the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) Isolation Ward yesterday night.
The Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) has advised all interested candidates that have been selected for interviewing process for the police recruit position, that all interviews scheduled to take place in all respective provinces have been put on hold.
Air Vanuatu has announced it has taken the necessary steps to temporarily suspend its domestic passenger services in and out of Port Vila, in compliance with the directive issued by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in support of the official statement of the Prime Minister confirmed that on November 10, Vanuatu had its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Piles of donated medical supplies given through a partnership agreement with SHaRM Australian Foundation and the Rotary Club have been discarded since last year at the Epauto Multipurpose Hall in Port Vila.
The Government will be bringing back only final year students abroad for the Christmas holiday, under the second repatriation phase.
Since the border closure in March due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the number of domestic violence cases in Vanuatu has surged and almost tripled compared to the average reports for previous years, Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) Research Officer Sharon Frank revealed.
Four of Vanuatu’s own Science Lecturers that lecture at Vanuatu’s Institute of Teacher Education (VITE) in Port Vila, have engraved their names in the history of teaching science in the country by writing the country’s first “Holistic Approach to Addressing COVID-19 in Vanuatu”.
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Returning citizens and residents will be meeting their own quarantine and transport costs once the Bill of the Public Health (Amendment) Act is passed by parliament, said Director of Public Health and Spokesperson on COVID-19 matters, Len Tarivonda.
The National COVID-19 Advisory Committee has recommended that only final year scholarship students abroad should be repatriated for this year’s Christmas break because it is expensive for the government to meet the quarantine cost for everyone twice in a short period of time.
Vanuatu’sMinistry of Health has joined its Pacific neighbours to applaud the Government of the Solomon Islands on the handling of its first COVID-19 case identified in quarantine.
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