Tonga got corona patient for the first time

A coronavirus patient has been identified for the first time in the Pacific island of Tonga. After the first patient was confirmed last Friday, Tongans have started flocking to the centers to get vaccinated against coronavirus. A fully vaccinated man has contracted an infection after returning home from New Zealand on a repatriation flight, the BBC reports. Tonga’s main island, Tongetapur, could face a possible lockdown from next week, Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i Onetoa has warned. News
Tonga was one of the last countries where the coronavirus epidemic had not yet reached. The island nation of northwestern New Zealand is home to more than 100,000 people. Only one-third of Tonga’s population is fully vaccinated. But Afu Tei, the national immunization coordinator, said thousands of people had now gathered at vaccination centers to take the dose. The infected man was among 215 people returning home on a repatriation flight from Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand’s health ministry said the man tested negative before leaving the country.

But Tongan authorities say a routine test on Thursday during a compulsory isolation resulted in a positive result.

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