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Nation’s massive COVID turnaround

The COVID situation in Nauru has taken a massive turn for the best as only 87 people on the island nation remain positive.

Two weeks ago, more than 40 per cent of the Micronesian nation’s population was infected with the virus and things are slowly returning to normal.

Reports from Nauru suggest that most businesses outside of essential services are opening up.

However, 569 residents remain in lockdown inside their homes, mostly because they are suspected to be close contacts of COVID patients or have been placed in quarantine.

Up until three weeks ago, most of the Micronesian states had no reported cases of the pandemic, however Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands are now battling the pandemic.

Nauru’s president Lionel Aingimea at a police parade before the COVID outbreak. The COVID situation in Nauru has taken a massive turn for the best as only 87 people on the island nation remain positive Picture – Nauru Government

Two of these countries planned to open their international borders in August, and so far no changes in that timeline have been announced.

Nauru’s president Lionel Aingimea said a total of 16,864 tests were carried out to ensure that everyone had been tested and their outcomes recorded.

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He said the Nauru medical teams had been able to vaccinate 127 children between the ages of five years to 11 years over the weekend.

COVID vaccines being brought over to Nauru. The COVID situation in Nauru has taken a massive turn for the best as only 87 people on the island nation remain positive. Picture – Nauru Government

In announcing the latest figures, he asked people to, “practice hand hygiene and keep your distance of 1.5-2 meters.”

“If you leave your home for essential reasons please wear a mask. Parents and guardians are advised that if your child has COVID, it is better to wait three months from the time of infection to get their first dose. This will help the body increase immunity.”

Mr Aingimea urged Nauruans to get their children tested and vaccinated and for them to refer their queries to health professionals at the vaccination stations.

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