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Palau's Covid count: eight

Palau has reported three more travel-related Covid-19 positive cases detected among 64 inbound travelers from Guam who arrived on Oct. 3, health officials said Tuesday.

The new cases have brought Palau's Covid count to eight. Palau has not reported any Covid-related death.

President Surangel Whipps Jr. expressed confidence that Palau will be able to manage welcoming new flights into Palau, noting the high vaccination rate in the country.

Palau, which has a population of 18,000, has a 90 percent vaccination rate.

“Life must go on. Let’s be confident and not worry, our hospital is prepared and our personnel are ready and most of all we are vaccinated." Island Times quoted Whipps as saying.

The three new Covid-positive travelers on Oct. 3 were detected after they were tested on day five, according to Palau's Ministry of Health and Human Services.

The tests conducted with PCR GeneXpert and Abbot ID confirmed the results to be positive for three passengers.

Day one testing that occurred upon passengers’ arrival on Oct. 4 showed all 64 passengers testing negative for Covid-19 whereas day five testing identified three to be positive. MHHS has initiated contact tracing of the three identified individuals.

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