Covid cases in Tuvalu passes 400

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Covid-19 cases in Tuvalu have soared to 443, with 303 news cases recorded since Sunday.

This is the first time the country has experienced a community outbreak of the virus.

Last Wednesday, routine testing found two probable cases, which were later confirmed to be community transmission cases and the government declared a Covid-19 outbreak.

Two people have been hospitalised.

All health facilities in Tuvalu remain under Covid-19 emergency mode.

At the same time, Tuvalu is also dealing with a severe drought, with a State of Public Emergency declared for the whole country.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS