Fears relief ops will import Covid-19 as cyclone hits Vanuatu

A guide walking towards the Mount Yasur volcano in Vanuatu in 2010. The country is one of the few in the world without any reported coronavirus cases. – AFP pic, April 6, 2020.

A DEADLY Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu today, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished Pacific nation’s battle to remain coronavirus-free.

Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, strengthened to a scale-topping Category Five superstorm overnight, said Vanuatu’s meteorology service.

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