COVID-19:One Suspect in Isolation

A staff of a resort in Port Vila who had returned from a recent trip abroad is in isolation for experiencing flu-like symptoms.

He is identified as a suspected case of COVID-19, said outgoing Chairman of the National Coronavirus Task Force, Donald Pelam.

Fearing that the staff in isolation may have been infected with the virus, some parents of students at a school near the resort went and picked up their children from school yesterday (Friday), according to a parent.

According to the Vanuatu Situation Report issued yesterday, the samples for the suspected case were sent to a laboratory in New Caledonia for testing last night.

However, the report has also conveyed that the testing options have become limited due to the reduction in international flights

Mr Pelam said they are negotiating for the samples to be send to either New Caledonia or New Zealand.

“At the moment it’s a suspected case, which means that the suspect still does not have the virus,” he said.

“This will be confirming when we receive the samples’ report.

“There is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Vanuatu,” he added.

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