COVID-19 pandemic in the Federated States of Micronesia

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Federated States of Micronesia
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Federated States of Micronesia
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Arrival date8 January 2021 [1] (4 months and 1 day ago)
Confirmed cases0 [2]
Suspected cases1
Recovered1
Deaths
0
Suspected cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests as being due to this strain, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Federated States of Micronesia is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Even if the virus was suspected to have reached the Federated States of Micronesia on 8 January 2021, [1] the country is COVID-19 free as of February 2021. [2]

Background

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. [3] [4]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003, [5] [6] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. [7] [5]

Timeline

February 2020

By 3 February 2020, David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, had signed a declaration banning Micronesian citizens from travelling to China and other affected countries. [8]

March 2020

By 5 March 2020, Micronesia had introduced a strict travel ban, banning anyone who had been in China anytime since January 2020 – or had been in any other affected country in the last 14 days – from entering Micronesia. [9] As of 18 March, all schools in the country have also been closed. [10]

January 2021

On 8 January 2021, Micronesia reported its first case, that of a crew member on board the MV Chief Mailo near Pohnpei, in managed isolation. [1] [11]

By the end of the month, the case was deemed to be negative and historical after subsequent antibody and antigen tests. [2] The case was deemed a "historical case", meaning the individual concern did have COVID-19 in the past possibly prior to October 2020 and was asymptomatic at the time of testing. [12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "MV Chief Mailo Returns to FSM After More Than One Year Abroad; One Isolated But Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on Board, Citizens Encouraged To Keep Distance From the Vessel & Quarantine Sites Until Further Notice". gov.fm. 8 January 2021. Archived from the original on 10 January 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c WHO: FSM is Covid-19 free again
  3. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN  1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. ^ "FSM, Marshall Islands step up coronavirus travel bans". RNZ. 1 February 2020. Archived from the original on 1 February 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  9. ^ Withers, Rachel (5 March 2020). "The Most Drastic Anti-Coronavirus Travel Ban in the World". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Coronavirus: Two more cases confirmed in Guam". 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Federated States of Micronesia reports imported case of COVID-19". Pacific Daily News. 9 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  12. ^ Reports, Staff (21 January 2021). "Confirmed COVID-19 case in FSM considered 'historical case', vaccine campaign spreads". Pacific Daily News. Retrieved 8 March 2021.