Selin ATAY-TDO- A wave of coronavirus has reached the Pacific Islands, with the Samoan government announcing the first case of Covid-19.
In his speech, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced that an outside visitor to the island tested positive for Covid-19. Prime minister Malielegaoi warned the people of the island, consisting of 200 thousand people, to keep calm and not panic.
"We have also been added to the countries where the outbreak has reached by detecting a case," said Prime Minister Malielegaoi, who wore a mask while making a statement on the issue via a television channel.
The person who tested positive for Covid-19 was said to have arrived on the island of Samoa on a plane taking off from Auckland, New Zealand. But there was no explanation as to which areas the man had previously been in.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he would announce plans for what measures to be taken on the island in the following days after the case was identified.
In Pacific countries, where the tourism sector is vital, borders were closed at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, despite the risk of the economy taking a heavy hit. Pacific countries that took their measures early and effectively managed to stay away from the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite measures taken by Pacific countries, the coronavirus has reached Vanuatu, Soloman and the Marshall Islands in the last two months. Finally, Samoa was added to the list of Pacific Islands where coronavirus has been detected. But on the islands, there is no indication that the virus has spread among the people.
The islands of Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu have so far not announced cases of coronavirus.