Another positive case in CNMI

4:25 pm on 17 July 2020

The Northern Marianas has confirmed another positive case of Covid-19.

It's the fourth case of coronavirus confirmed in the CNMI this week, and brings its total to 37.

The government says the person was caught in border screening and is now in isolation at a local resort.

A State of Emergency is in its seventh month, and is expected to run until at least mid-August.

Meanwhile, the territory was supposed to open for regular international flights this week, but the target date came and went without the islands welcoming much-needed tourists.

The Commonwealth Ports Authority said a new target date to reopen the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport to international flights has yet to be determined.

New outbreaks of Covid-19 in the CNMI's main tourism markets of China, Korea, and China probably had a hand in carriers from those countries rethinking their plans to resume regular flights to the Marianas.

Skymark Airlines Inc. also announced earlier this week its decision to extend anew the suspension of all flight operations between Narita and Saipan until Oct. 24, 2020 due to decreased travel demand caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

CPA earlier said that flights from Asia would not be coming until September 2020.

Sunset as viewed from Saipan, the main island of the Northern Marianas.

Sunset as viewed from Saipan, the main island of the Northern Marianas. Photo: RNZI / Mark Rabago