Health Situation reports provide an update on the epidemiological situation and actions taken by the Ministry of Health and partners. These are issued regularly, and may be more frequent when there are rapid changes in the situation.
On 10 November 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was detected during routine day 5 testing of an asymptomatic person in quarantine. The case is in isolation and will remain so until cleared for release.
Risk assessment and contact tracing concluded that there was no additional risk to the Vanuatu community of the case
Risk communication and community engagement continue.
Hospital readiness has been enhanced for Vila Central Hospital; over 49 hospital beds have been identified for COVID-19 patients including in a dedicated isolation ward and intensive care unit.
Extensive training conducted to date is being augmented to ensure good adherence to correct process and procedures, including for surveillance, sample collection, quarantine, and PPE use
A risk assessment was conducted for a foreign yacht that entered Vanuatu; 10 people (persons aboard and possible contacts) were quarantined; test results were all negative therefore health clearance was given for their release
People are urged not to spread misinformation/rumours. Further information is available at www.covid19.gov.vu