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Almost half the Nauruan population has COVID

Nauru has 4,107 active COVID cases as of yesterday. This means the number of Nauruans with COVID is creeping up towards half of their entire population.

A total of 12,164 tests have been done since the outbreak three weeks ago. The government has announced that 741 people have recovered and ten people are admitted to the hospital.

So far one death has been recorded and this person is reported to have had other health issues.

There are 476 houses which are on lockdown with 3,786 residents, and 93 occupants are in the quarantine facility.

Current test positivity rate stands at 24 per cent.

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President Lionel Aingimea said the outbreak of COVID is being monitored and the public is being urged to get tested and register results whether they are positive or negative.

“There have been many reports of people walking around without masks and leaving home isolation for non-essential reasons,” he said.

Nauru’s president Lionel Aingimea at a police parade before the COVID outbreak. Nauru has 4,107 active COVID cases as of yesterday. Picture Nauru Government

“Omicron is very contagious and is circulating fast in the community. We must work together to minimise the spread and to protect our vulnerable.”

The Omicron variant has resurged in other Pacific countries as well.

Nauru has put in measures to control the movement of people and the government is urging for all to get vaccinated.

COVID vaccines being brought over to Nauru. Nauru has 4,107 active COVID cases as of yesterday. This means the number of Nauruans with COVID is creeping up towards half of their entire population. Picture Zed Seselja Twitter

So far, 40 children aged 5-11 years received their first dose of the COVID vaccine.

“Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring in their children to get vaccinated. Testing and vaccination stations for this group are open at the Aiwo Boulevard,” said Mr Aingimea.

COVID vaccines being brought over to Nauru. Nauru has 4,107 active COVID cases as of yesterday. This means the number of Nauruans with COVID is creeping up towards half of their entire population. Picture Nauru Government

“Remember to wear a mask, sanitise and keep your distance. New rules will be introduced tomorrow including on-the-spot fines against individuals walking around for non-essential reasons, not wearing a mask, and gatherings of more than three.”

People who do not comply with the health orders can be fined up to $10,000.

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