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International: Naurau COVID-19 Cases Almost Double in Three Days

1:36 pm on 23 June

By Liam Hansen

COVID-19 cases in the small island nation of Nauru have rised from 337 to 606 over the past three days. 

This is the country's first mass transmission of the virus in the entirety of the pandemic.

The nation, just north of Australia, is not currently in lockdown, but protocols are in place encouraging citizens to stay at home and requiring mask usage according to government information officer Kelly Amram.

President Lionel Aingimea says the vaccination rate is high across the country at 98 percent, but they're continuing to manage the situation as they saw 14 people in negative air pressure units. 

They're also struggling as quarantine facilities reach capacity.

Drive through RAT stations have been placed around the country. 

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