Today the Ministry of Health announces that Efate and its offshore islands have now moved
to Vanuatu Outbreak Alert Level 3. This means that the risk is very high and that there is
community transmission of COVID-19 on Efate and its offshore islands. All people on Efate
and its offshore islands are advised to remain in their bubbles at home and follow the advice
from the Ministry of Health.
To date, there are 13 new active cases of COVID-19 reported within the last 24 hours and a
cumulative total of 16 since Vanuatu moved to Outbreak Alert Level 2. There are seven (7)
community cases reported within the last 24 hours and a cumulative total of 10 during the
period since Alert Level 2 was announced.
People are advised to seek medical care immediately if they have symptoms and are at risk
of severe disease OR if they have danger signs of COVID-19. In the case that people have mild
symptoms and are not at risk of severe disease, people do not need to seek medical care.
Common and mild symptoms of COVID-19 include a runny nose, headache, tiredness,
sneezing and a sore throat. Less common and mild symptoms include fever, loss of smell and
taste, nausea, muscle pains, diarrhea and skin rashes. However, some people might have no
symptoms at all. People with and without symptoms are both contagious and can spread the
virus to others.
Danger signs are symptoms, such as, difficulty breathing, loss of speech or mobility, appear
confused or unable to stay awake or wake up, or ongoing chest pain or chest feels tight like
someone is sitting on it, severe headache for a few days, and feeling progressively weaker.
Seek medical care at the Vila Central Hospital immediately if experiencing any danger signs.
Prohibitions that continue to apply on Efate and its Offshore Islands include:
all schools are closed for operation;
all workplaces (other than workplaces providing essential services) are closed and
must not require any employee to attend the workplace; and
all church gatherings, social events and public gatherings are strongly prohibited;
All essential services that operate must enforce strict physical distancing of at least 1 meter
and observe all COVID-19 protocols at all times. There is a restriction to the movement of
people into essential services venues. A maximum of five (5) customers are allowed in an
essential service facility at any given time with a decreased turnover time for services
There are specific requirements for public transport. For 30 August 2021buses there is a maximum of only
five (5) passengers, including children, allowed each trip, with hand sanitizers and mask
provided to customers. For taxis, there is a maximum allowance of two (2) persons, including
children allowed at one trip with masks and hand sanitizers provided.
The Ministry of Health has ramped up all its efforts in the areas of surveillance and testing,
contact tracing and quarantine, risk communication and community engagement, case
management and isolation, and COVID-19 vaccination. Testing for COVID-19 is now
operational at the Emergency Department of the Vila Central Hospital. Testing sites will be
expanded to other health facilities in and around Port Vila in the coming days and their
locations will be communicated to the public.
Everyone is strongly advised to continue COVID-19 preventative measures. Wash hands
regularly with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, cough/sneeze into your
elbow, and disinfect and clean surfaces regularly. Wear a mask if you are going out or in public
Get the COVID-19 vaccine now and booster dose after five months of completing your
vaccination course. Older people (aged 55 and above) and those with existing conditions are
strongly encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccine now. COVID-19 vaccination protects
against severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
Updates on the COVID-19 situation will be provided through official sources. The public is
urged not to spread any false or misleading information. For more information, refer to the
Ministry of Health COVID-19 website: www.covid19.gov.vu, follow the Health Promotions
Vanuatu Facebook Page. For any questions, please call the free 119 Health Information line.
Dorinda Bule, Communications Officer, Department of Public Health, Tel: +678 563 647