Rapa Nui confirms second case of Covid-19

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    Judi Lynn
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    5:41 pm today

    Rapa Nui, or Chilean-governed Easter Island, has recorded its second confirmed case of Covid-19.

    Photo: World News Daily

    The president of Rapa Nui’s indigenous Ma’u Henua community said the case was confirmed today following a first case two days ago.

    Camilo Rapu said it was not known how the first person, a Chilean woman living on the island, contracted the illness as she had not been overseas or believed to be in contact with an infected person.

    Mr Rapu said none of the woman’s family was showing any symptoms.

    Nothing was known yet about the second case as the community was in isolation.

    The lockdown has caused frustration among many islanders over how long it took Chilean authorities to act after cases on the mainland.

    More:
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/412779/rapa-nui-confirms-second-case-of-covid-19

     

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    Camilo Rapu said it was not known how the first person, a Chilean woman living on the island, contracted the illness as she had not been overseas or believed to be in contact with an infected person.

    Rapa Nui is one of the most isolated inhabited places on the planet; Antarctica and Pitcairn island are the only places further from anywhere, AFAIK.

    If this lady did indeed contract covid-19 without contact from travelers, then it implies a few possibilities. First, and most likely – confirmed by testing in Iceland – is that people can be carriers of this disease without showing symptoms. Which means that there’s basically no way to stop this until we achieve a vaccine and blanket population-wide immunization, sort of like with measels and pox viruses. Second possibility – and not entirely unlikely – is that we’ve passed it back to animal carriers, like seabirds. Which again, makes the virus nearly impossible to contain.

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