The Vanuatu Ministry of Health would like to provide an update to the public on the COVID19 cases detected in quarantine on 24 October 2021. The two people confirmed to be active COVID-19 cases arrived to Port Vila on a flight from Noumea on Friday 22 October. Both cases and all other passengers on the flight remain in quarantine and are being closely monitored. All passengers met the appropriate testing and vaccination requirements to enter Vanuatu and health clearance was provided for travel to Vanuatu.
Two active cases of COVID-19 were detected in a quarantine facility on 24 October 2021. These cases tested PCR positive at day 2 after arriving on 22 October 2021 to Vanuatu from New Caledonia. Both cases and all other persons on the same flight are currently without signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Further testing is ongoing. All active cases will be transferred to the COVID-19 isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital. Contract tracing has been launched.
As of 25 October 2021, Efate and Offshore Islands are elevated to Alert Level 1 (Medium): Cases at the border. Everywhere else remains at Level 0 (Low): No cases. There is currently no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
Everyone is urged to refer to official information sources and avoid rumours. Updates will be communicated via the COVID-19 website: www.covid19.gov.vu
The Simulation Exercise that was planned for 21-23 October 2021 has been postponed. New dates for the SimEx will be confirmed shortly.
Please note that no widescale lockdown is currently planned. The SimEx will be conducted in selected locations of Port Vila that will include 5 shops, 1 church, 1 school and 3 simulated community isolation centers. Those locations to be included in the SimEx will be advised in advance. No interruptions to interisland transport are anticipated at this stage.