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FSM Covid update

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has its first suspected covid case with a 19-year-old male testing positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday 15th December.

Officials tested the male twice with the first test reading positive and a subsequent test returning negative on Thursday 16th December.

It is possible the first test had a false positive reading however further investigations are being held to determine the source of the positive result.

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The 19-year-old had not travelled anywhere recently and is currently in home quarantine with his close contacts while the government is undergoing contact tracing.

Health and medical teams across the Federated States of Micronesia are worried that COVID-19 could be in the community after a recent spike of infuenza-like illnesses were seen over a five-day period.

Although FSM has closed its borders there is always the possibility of Covid-19 reaching FSM shores.

A press release by the FSM government warned citizens of the dangers of both the Delta and Omicron variants.

“The public is reminded that the COVID-19 Delta variant circulating globally is very dangerous and causing a surge in hospitalizations and deaths in many countries.

FSM Covid update
The Federated States of Micronesia have only just passed 35 per cent of fully vaccinated adults yet was expected to be at 70 per cent by Christmas. Picture: Flickr

“Omicron, a new variant of concern, has now been reported in least 80 countries, and is spreading quickly.

“There is much we still do not know about this new variant, but we must be prepared for the possibility that it could come to our shores.”

In July of this year, FSM became one of the first Pacific Islands nations to adopt mandatory vaccination for residents over age 18.

President David Panuelo told the ABC that getting the word out on the vaccine is of the utmost importance.

“Rather than laying back in our hammock thinking we are okay … [we are] getting out and explaining the benefits of getting vaccinated so we can be safe from this deadly virus.

“We see that we are going to reach our 70 per cent target and we should even to go beyond that.

“My hope is that we reach heard immunity by Christmas, so we can move from COVID-19 free to COVID-19 protected.”

According to Our World in Data FSM currently has 37.3 per cent of its population fully vaccinated which is a far cry from the 70 per cent target set in July.

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