The Coronavirus Task Force Committee’s Communications Officer, Mr. Russell Tamata, has dismissed information posted on social media yesterday about alleged suspected cases of coronavirus on a visiting cruise ship, labelling the posts as misleading and false.

At the same time, he called on social media users to be more responsible.

The posts on social media alleged that there were suspected cases of coronavirus on the Golden Princess and some tourists were quarantined. Mr. Tamata said social media users must stop disseminating false information.

“The Vanuatu National Task Force has and is continuing to enforce very strict border control measures for all visitors arriving by air and by sea in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is one of the countries applying very strict border control measures,” Mr. Tamata said.

“Yesterday, the Task Force team conducted its normal check on the tourist boat in accordance with the procedures to control COVID-19.

“Tourists or visitors who have normal flu are not allowed to disembark but remain on board in accordance with Vanuatu’s strict border control measures on COVID-19, but that does not mean that there are suspected cases of coronavirus.

“Social media must stop misleading the public, especially on such sensitive issues such as COVID-19.”

Officials from the Ministry Health and the Vanuatu National Task Force Committee on Coronavirus, reiterated that all cruise ships visiting Vanuatu are subject to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19screening and pre-arrival assessment.

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