CNMI now has 58 Covid-19 cases

5:06 pm on 6 September 2020

The Northern Marianas has reported its 58th case of Covid-19 after an individual was identified by travel screening and through testing upon arrival.

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Photo: RNZ Pacific / Mark Rabago

The Governor's Covid-19 Taskforce and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation says the person has been moved to a designated isolation area for monitoring.

Contact tracing for the most immediate contacts had already started.

Out of the 58 confirmed cases, 32 cases, or 55 percent, have been identified through port of entry screening procedures.

Of those 32 cases, 22 originated from the US mainland, seven from Guam and three from another foreign country.

Meanwhile the CNMI Senate passed a bill last week to suspend certain laws for the 3 November general elections to lessen public health risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The bill will extend the early voting time to 21 days and add more polling places.

It will also extend the hours of operations for early voting and election day as well as authorise the Commonwealth Election Commission to collect absentee ballots seven days before the general elections.