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WHO records 140 covid cases in Tuvalu

The World Health Organisation says 140 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Tuvalu.

A WHO spokesperson, based in Suva, says Tuvalu's first community transmission was detected on 2 November, when routine surveillance led to two cases being picked up.

"In some families, all family members are positive," a Tuvalu Department of Health spokesperson said.

Tuvalu was one of the last countries in the world that had not experienced community transmission of the coronavirus.

Now, just six days since the first cases were discovered, during a routine surveillance check, the number of cases in the community is well over 100 and climbing.

"Hospitals and health clinics are operating under Covid-19 emergency mode," a Tuvalu Health Department spokesperson said.

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