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Vanuatu is now COVID-free again.
The welcoming news was announced by Prime Minister Bob Loughman Tuesday, as he revealed the test results from the first COVID-19 patient sent to Australia for further examination, came back negative.
As of today, Vanuatu has returned back to Scenario 1 based on the Vanuatu COVID-19 Transmission Scenarios, which means there are no confirmed COVID cases and all current efforts are centred around prevention and preparedness.
Since the Government announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country, there had been a lot of backlashes and negative feedbacks which only showed fear and panic.
“I would like to apologise for all the comments received from Facebook and other media outlets which has greatly affected our families,” PM Loughman said.
He assured if it wasn’t for the timely efforts and dedications carried out by the people who successfully detected and contained the virus, as well as followed strict protocols, Vanuatu would not be at this state.
“Our committed hard work has proven our advancement and how we are mature enough to say, yes ‘yumi 40!’
“This achievement has also proven that our country has the capacity and resource to successfully contain a COVID-19 case and prevent it from spreading.”
In time, the patient will be released by the Health authorities to his family and community in Blacksand.
PM Loughman has made an appeal to the chiefs and community leaders at Blacksand to receive the patient back with comfort and treat him with respect.
“Thank you to all contributions done by every citizen who managed to keep following protocols,” he added.
The Prime Minister has saluted the commitment of staff members from the Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Office, Vila Central Hospital, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Customs, Vanuatu Police Force, Port Vila Municipality, Quarantine, Civil Aviation, Ports and Harbour and everyone who worked hard and sacrificed their time to protect Vanuatu from an outbreak.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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