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Coronavirus: Remote Marshall Islands records first cases

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  • Coronavirus: Remote Marshall Islands records first cases

    16 hours ago

    The Marshall Islands, one of the last few places in the world untouched by Covid-19, has recorded its first two positive cases of the virus.

    The government of the remote Pacific archipelago said two workers at a US base had tested positive after arriving from Hawaii on Tuesday.

    The pair flew in on a military flight and have been isolated from the wider community since arriving.

    The Marshall Islands closed its borders in March to keep the virus out.

    Authorities stressed the two were "strictly border cases" discovered while the 35-year-old woman and 46-year-old man were in quarantine" with no threat of community transmission.

    The Marshall Islands was one of the few places free of Covid-19 until two US arrivals tested positive.