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Two containers have been installed outside international terminal at the Port Vila airport in Vanuatu to isolate people suspected of being infected with coronavirus or COVID-19.
Chairman of the Task Force, Donald Pelam, says the containers will be furnished with beds and arm chairs so the people placed in isolation can rest comfortably.
Pelam says the main purpose of these containers are to temporarily house anyone that is suspected of carrying the coronavirus upon arrival.
He said the task force came up with this idea, as housing people in an Air Vanuatu or Airports Vanuatu building wouldn’t be fair and unsafe for the staff and the public.
Pelam said if anyone disembarking from an international flight is suspected of being infected, they would be isolated in one of those containers for at least 12 hours.
During the 12 hours of detention, the person will be monitored by doctors from the Vila Central Hospital.
Pelam said if anyone tests positive after 12 hours, they would be moved into an isolation ward. He said the task force dropped the idea of using the Te Waikara Dispensary at Fresh Wota 1, however they are reconsidering the plan to use Te Waikara Dispensary.
This reconsideration could cause public panic especially to Fresh Wota residents, however Pelam would like to assure everyone that “the corona virus is not really an airborne disease”.
He said you would need to be standing very close to an infected person to contract the virus.
Since the six passengers were repatriated after coming from coronavirus infected regions, there have been no recent repatriations. However, the chairman advised any Ni-Vanuatu coming in from Europe not to transit in China or any other countries in the “danger zone” such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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