Samoa, Kiribati To Lock Down As Virus Lands In Pacific
Umer Jamshaid Published January 22, 2022 | 10:30 AM
Sydney, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jan, 2022 ) :Kiribati and Samoa entered lockdowns Saturday after overseas arrivals brought Covid to the Pacific island nations that had avoided the worst of the pandemic for two years.
But authorities in both countries have been forced to put in place stay-at-home orders after the virus was detected in international arrivals.
The restrictions will lift on Monday night and all current cases -- believed to be infected with the Omicron variant -- are in quarantine, she added.
Kiribati's leader said the capital -- home to almost half of the country's 120,000 population -- would be placed under the restrictions after recording its first community cases.
"There is now an assumption that Covid-19 is now spreading in the community," President Taneti Maamau said in a statement on Facebook.
Under the restrictions, locals must stay home unless in need of essentials like food or healthcare.
It was unclear how long the lockdown would last, but a previous announcement said similar restrictions would end Thursday.