Since the start of the pandemic and until this month, the Kiribati archipelago had recorded no cases of coronavirus and Samoa, only two, according to theWHO.
But the authorities of the two countries were forced to decree a containment after people arriving from abroad were declared positive.
Dozens of passengers on a flight from Fiji to Kiribati, the first to land on this archipelago since the reopening of borders, have tested positive for COVID-19.
In Samoa, a similar measure was decreed after the appearance of 15 cases linked to a repatriation flight from Brisbane, according to Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.
In this country, the restrictions will be lifted on Monday evening and all positive people, who would be carriers of the Omicron variant, have been placed in quarantine, she said.
The leader of Kiribati has indicated that the capital, in which nearly 120,000 inhabitants of the archipelago live, will be confined after the appearance of the first cases among the population.
Residents can only leave their homes to buy basic necessities. The duration of this measure was not specified, but a first press release mentioned January 27.
About 62% of Samoa’s population is fully immunized, compared to 34% of Kiribati’s, according to data from theWHO.