The Prepare dinner Islands on Saturday recorded its first case of Covid-19 because the pandemic started, because the South Pacific nation edges towards reopening its borders to vacationers.
The nation of round 17,000 individuals has one of many highest vaccination charges globally, with 96 % of the eligible inhabitants double-dosed.
The virus was detected in a 10-year-old boy quarantining after arriving on a repatriation flight along with his household on Thursday, Prime Minister Mark Brown stated in a press release. The boy was believed to have flown in from New Zealand.
“Now we have been getting ready ourselves for the time we reopen our borders. Our testing regimes have proven the worth of that preparation by catching this case on the border,” Brown stated.
The island nation, which shut itself off from the world when the pandemic hit, has introduced plans to renew quarantine-free journey with New Zealand on January 14.
A brief-lived journey bubble with New Zealand was paused earlier this 12 months when an outbreak of the virus emerged in Auckland.
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