Port Vila, 27 May 2020: The Vanuatu Ministry of Health confirms that they are working carefully with NDMO and other Government agencies to manage the safe repatriation of Ni-Vanuatu citizens and residents commencing this week.
Following NDMO's 'Instrument of Directions to Government Agencies relating to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold (Amendment) Order No. 77 of 2020' dated 23 May under the Disaster Risk Management Act, people approved by NDMO to be repatriated or travel to Vanuatu will do so under strict conditions imposed by NDMO and the Ministry of Health.
At the end of the two week State of Emergency (that ended 9 April), Vanuatu is assured that it has no suspected and no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, a pandemic that has affected more than 200 countries in the world to date.
“I would like to reiterate that we currently have no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu,” said Russel Tamata, Medical Focal Point of COVID-19. “And with each day that passes, we can be more and more assured of no cases. If, by chance, there is a case we now have the systems in place to detected, test and isolate the case”.
The Vanuatu Ministry of Health has cleared all returned citizens and residents,
arrivals from international flights, to go home after 14 days in quarantine at a hotel.
“The Ministry of Health confirms that the people in quarantine are cleared to return home and be
reunited with families and friends,” said Len Tarivonda, Director of Public Health. “We appreciate that
it has not been the easiest of times and thank these individuals and their families for their full
cooperation to keep our country safe”.
While the Ministry of Health affirms that to date there are no confirmed
and no suspected cases of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in Vanuatu there is a closer threat
within the country’s borders, category five Tropical Cyclone Harold.
COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus, spreads most easily from close contact with
an infected person. Symptoms can include fever, coughing and sneezing, and breathing
The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public about the outbreak of novel Coronavirus affecting
multiple countries in Asia and the USA. The Ministry of Health has developed a plan to prevent, detect
and respond to any suspected cases of Novel Coronavirus infection.