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Marshall Islands sees first Covid-19 spread

Majuro - The Marshall Islands lost its Covid-free status Monday when tests confirmed six positive cases in the capital, the first known community transmission since the pandemic started in early 2020.

It was not immediately clear the source of the Covid spread as Marshall Islands borders have been closed since March 2020 and rules currently require 10 days of government-managed quarantine prior to release. The six people who tested positive Monday had "no travel history, no contact with anyone who was in quarantine," said Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal.

The government moved quickly Monday night to announce a halt to the start of the new school year with all island schools scheduled to open this week.

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