Leaders have been forced to react after the body of a fisherman with coronavirus washed up on the shores of a popular tourist hub. The body of a Filipino fisherman has washed up on a beach on Vanuatu, where it tested positive for COVID-19 — leading the Pacific island country to ban outbound travel for three days.
The remains were discovered on April 11 near the capital of Port Vila on Efate island, Radio New Zealand reported.
The body tested positive for the deadly virus after it was taken to the local mortuary.
After the fisherman’s body was located on the beach, a UK-flagged tanker was detained by authorities.
In response, Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced the government was issuing an order to ban outbound travel from Efate for three days while contact tracing efforts were conducted.
He appealed to the public to undergo voluntary tests for the illness.
Russell Tamata, the director-general of health, confirmed that 16 people have been put in quarantine at a hotel, most of them police officers who were at the scene when the body was found.
It was unclear whether the man died from COVID-19 or how he came to wash ashore.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.