Coronavirus was detected in a tourist who arrived from New Zealand to the “edge of the world— – the Pacific island nation of Tonga, writes the Daily Mail.

On Sunday, October 31, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the Kingdom of Tonga. A traveler who reached the Polynesian state was quarantined. Before that, the country managed to avoid a pandemic, as the authorities closed the borders almost immediately after the infection appeared.

The government has taken action because of concerns that the health system will not cope with the disease. The authorities are deciding how to prevent the spread of the disease. On Monday, November 1, they can decide on quarantine.

The population of Tonga is 106 thousand people. Despite the fact that the coronavirus has not penetrated the country, residents are being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Earlier, the authorities of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard told about the infection of a trawler sailor with coronavirus. The virus was found in an employee of a Russian ship standing in a raid near the island of Bear.