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Marshall Islands sees fast Covid spread.

Majuro - The Marshall Islands is a live demonstration that the Omicron BA.5 variant is the most contagious Covid variant yet to appear: In the first five days of the outbreak here, over 10 percent of the population in Majuro, the capital, has tested positive, reported the Ministry of Health and Human Services Sunday.

From initial confirmation of a handful of positive cases in the community August 8, the number of positive cases skyrocketed to the one-day total of 1,064 testing positive Saturday August 13 at the three community-based "alternative care sites" established to test and treat local residents.

This brings Majuro's total in the wake of the outbreak to over 2,000 cases in a population estimated at 20,000. There were nine early hospitalizations, with most reported to be recovered by Sunday.

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