In the middle of the Pacific Ocean are several states formed by small atolls and archipelagos. Their healthcare carrying capacity is so weak that right at the start of a coronavirus pandemic, each of them declared itself in complete isolation.
That hasn’t helped either. Namely, on Wednesday, the Marshall Islands government announced that two soldiers working at a U.S. military base have been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.
A 35-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man have been quarantined, and at the same time, authorities want to put an end to the local epidemic.
– We can assure the citizens that we still have our borders firmly closed. We noticed these cases while they were still in quarantine, where they now remain, Prime Minister Kino Kabua said.
However, the 1986 annexed treaty with the United States means that the superpower is allowed to use its military base on the island of Kwajalein. However, soldiers arriving there must begin their service with three weeks of mandatory quarantine.
Similarly, the United States contributes a fairly significant share of the paradise island economy.
– Our worst fears came true. Now our lives come to a standstill because of a few people’s decisions, Mayor of Ebon Atoll Marie Davis Milne criticizes U.S. cooperation.
Earlier in October, Solomon Islands received its first corona patients. In contrast, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are still believed to be completely COVID-19 free.