COVID-19 pandemic in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

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COVID-19 pandemic in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Arrival date24 December 2020
(1 year, 1 month and 3 days)
Confirmed cases3[1]
Active cases0
Suspected cases3
Recovered6
Deaths
0
Government website
https://www.ascension.gov.ac/government/news https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/coronavirus-covid-19/communications/ https://www.tristandc.com/government.php
Suspected cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests as being due to this strain, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

This article lists links to articles relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic within Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Saint Helena

On 27 March 2020 the Saint Helena government announced a suspected case of COVID-19 in an individual that had been self-isolating since 21 March.[2] Owing to Saint Helena's remote location, no testing facilities were readily available at that time. The case later tested negative.[3]

On 5 January 2021, the first doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Saint Helena and began to be administered.[4]

On 26 March 2021, Health Directorate of Saint Helena reported a low positive case, a passenger arrived by flight on 24 March.[5] The passenger was tested negative on 29 March 2021.[6]

On 27 March 2021, Saint Helena government announced an unspecified number of positive cases on a fishing vessel.[7]

On 5 May 2021, the Government of Saint Helena announced that 3,528 residents had received both doses of the vaccine; this represents 95.1% of Saint Helena's adult population and 77.8% of its total population.[8]

Ascension

On 16 March 2020, three people who arrived by air to Ascension Island showed symptoms of COVID-19.[9] However, on 23 March it was announced that they had tested negative on 22 March.[10]

On 7 September 2020, the Ascension Island Government announced two weak positives cases on two peoples arrived on 4 September with a negative test result.[11] The two cases were tested negatives and confirmed as historical infection on 9 September.[12]

On 16 November 2020, the Ascension Island Government reported one other weak positive case,[13] subsequently tested negative on 18 November.[14]

On 24 December 2020, the Ascension Island Government announced a positive case in isolation.[15] The case was tested negative on 6 January 2021.[16]

On 16 February 2021, 1950 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered by the Royal Air Force; vaccinations began the next day.[17][18] By March 25, 798 of Ascension's 806 people (99%) had received at least one dose of the vaccine.[19]

On 16 April 2021, a new positive case is reported on an individual arrived on 14 April and mildly symptomatic.[20] On 26 April, the case is confirmed to be negative.[21]

Tristan da Cunha

On 16 March 2020, the Tristan da Cunha Island Council on Tristan da Cunha made the decision, as a precaution, to ban visitors to the island to prevent the potential transmission of the disease to islanders.[22]

On 21 April 2021, HMS Forth delivered enough Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for the whole island to be completely vaccinated.[23] Vaccinations began on April 28 though data has not yet been released on the percentage of people that have received them.[24]

As of 27 April 2021, there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus.

References

  1. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Escalated to Level 2 RED – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. ^ "St Helena Government". www.facebook.com.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus (Covid-19): Live Q&A". St Helena Government. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  4. ^ "St Helena's Key Frontline Workers Receive Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccinations" (Press release). Government of Saint Helena. 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Arriving Passenger Tests Positive for COVID-19". St Helena Government. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Update - Arriving Passenger Tests Positive for COVID-19 - Risk to the Community Remains Very Low". St Helena Government. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  7. ^ "FISHING VESSEL RAMSES DOUS UPDATE". Facebook. St Helena Government. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Preliminary data from the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme" (Press release). Government of Saint Helena. 5 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Three Possible COVID-19 Cases Identified – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  10. ^ "COVID-19 Results Negative – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  11. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Escalated to Level 2 RED – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  12. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Reduced to Level 1 AMBER – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  13. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Escalated to Level 2 RED – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  14. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Reduced to Level 1 AMBER – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  15. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Escalated to Level 2 RED – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  16. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Reduced to Level 1 AMBER – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  17. ^ "COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives at Ascension" (Press release). Government of Ascension Island. 17 February 2021.
  18. ^ "CCOVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Begins" (Press release). Government of Ascension Island. 17 February 2021.
  19. ^ "COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Continues" (Press release). Government of Ascension Island. 25 March 2021.
  20. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Escalated to Level 2 RED – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  21. ^ "COVID-19 Response Level Reduced to Level 1 AMBER – Ascension Island Government". Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  22. ^ Grundy, Richard (16 March 2020). "Tristan da Cunha Government News: Island Council takes steps to protect island from coronavirus". tristandc.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  23. ^ Adams, Paul (29 April 2021). "Covid: How the UK has been getting jabs to remote territories". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Covid-19 vaccinations Start on Tristan" (Press release). Government of Tristan. 28 April 2021.