As one of the few countries with no confirmed cases of COVID-19, a tourist on a cruise ship which visited Vanuatu had tested positive which prompted the Vanuatu government to declare a state of emergency, close its borders, and suspend schools until the end of March. The government is now gradually lifting some restrictions such as allowing sports activities to resume and schools to reopen, while continuing to recommend social distancing and hand washing. However, efforts of COVID-19 prevention were recently complicated by a category-5 cyclone that devastated communities across the Pacific country.

Devastating Cyclone, COVID-19 Rattle Vanuatu (April 22, 2020)