The UK is entering its fifth coveted wave, and while the impact on hospitals and loss of life has diminished with each presentation of the virus, many experts still expect the latest growth to hamper the economy.
But there is a small known sliver of British territory that has not yet tolerated a single case of the virus, the full-blown bark has no objection.
While the rest of the world is still suffering from the effects of lockouts and mask-mandates, the past two years have seen normal trade for the 250 inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha, a remote group of volcanic islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Located 6,140 miles south of London, the British Foreign Territory is only accessible via a week-long boat ride from Cape Town, South Africa. Mostly by crossing fishing and research ships.
Due to the length of the voyage, not a single covid case reached its shores, and the boats were turned around if anyone on board suspected they were carrying a virus.
The island was also able to receive vaccines sent by the British government although these must have been more traditional Oxford / AstraZeneca jobs because the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna had to be kept at ultracold temperatures and would not survive the voyage.
Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha is the most isolated inhabited island on Earth that has benefited from the Covid epidemic. The island is depicted here as rising above the albatrosses
Tristan da Cunha is a British overseas area located 6,140 miles from London
The islanders went by boat to get the covid vaccines specially sent to the island
Vaccines are falling from HMS Fourth. The pockets must have belonged to Oxford / AstraZeneca because they were the only ones who could survive the journey.
How have the UK’s overseas areas responded to the Kovid epidemic?
Note: Some British Overseas Areas are military bases where Covid data is not publicly available.
Total Covid Cases: 3,456
Bermuda (North Atlantic)
Total Covid Cases: 15,957
British Antarctic Territory (Antarctica)
Total Covid Cases: 0
British Virgin Islands (Caribbean)
Total Covid Cases: 6,941
British Indian Ocean Territory (Indian Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 0
Cayman Islands (Caribbean)
Total Covid Cases: 27,171
Falkland Islands (South Atlantic Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 1,807
Total Covid Cases: 19,306
Total Covid Cases: 1,016
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands (Pacific Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 0
St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (South Atlantic Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 4
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (South Atlantic Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 0
Sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dheklia (Cyprus)
Total Covid Cases: 0
Turks and Caicos Islands (North Atlantic Ocean)
Total Covid Cases: 6,211
Stephen Townsend, one of Tristan da Cunha’s two joint administrators, told MailOnline about the islanders’ experience of the epidemic.
He said, ‘Because of all our precautions to keep the island cove-free, we have been able to celebrate Christmas and New Year in general.
In March 2020, Tristan da Cunha – whose population is over 50 years old – adopted a strict isolation policy, allowing only returning residents and key staff to land on the island.
Mr Townsend said that with limited health facilities and an aging population, they had a great deal to fear from cowardice.
‘We only have one small medical center on the island. We don’t have an ICU or a ventilator, ‘he said.
‘The population here is relatively old, there are many underlying health complaints. So we have to be very careful. ‘
Only five families – a total of 218 people – are considered residents on the island, with an additional 30 people living there, including migrant workers and their families, doctors, nurses and teachers.
The island’s main settlement is Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, which was rehabilitated in 1963 after an island-wide evacuation two years ago.
To this day the island does not allow visitors and any returning islanders or workers must be fully vaccinated to allow them to enter Tristan da Cunha.
They are also required to be isolated at an approved Cape Town hotel for 10 days before undergoing a PCR test before departure.
The week-long trip to the island has also worked in favor of islanders as potential coward-infected travelers will develop symptoms during the trip and then be denied entry to the island or placed in quarantine during testing.
In July 2021, Tristan da Cunha had only one major cowardly fear when passengers on the supply ship MFV on the island of Edinburgh began to feel unwell.
His covid was tested and found to be ‘number one’ positive.
Mr Townsend said the islanders decided to allow passengers to test negatively on the island but as a precaution, they imposed a sole lockdown on the island.
“The community has decided to go to Lakdaun for 10 days,” he said.
‘Offices, shops and schools were closed and people stayed at home for an hour a day to feed their cattle and exercise their dogs.
“Essential supplies were delivered from shops to homes.”
After 10 days all the passengers who came ashore were re-tested and came back negative for the virus, life in the settlement returned to normal.
Mr Townsend said the lockout was an important experience for the island to learn how to handle such an event in the future.
He said that despite some violations, the rules of lockdown have been followed to a large extent.
However, the island’s isolation helped protect the world from a devastating virus, and its inaccessibility worked against it in terms of vaccines.
Tristan da Cunha resident receiving the Oxford / AstraZeneca covid vaccine in April last year.
Members of the elderly population of Tristan da Cunha line up to receive their covid vaccines
MRNA covid pockets made by Pfizer and Modern need to be kept at a temperature of -80 to -60 से C to remain viable.
For the entire trip to Tristan da Cunha it was impossible to keep jabs at low temperatures.
Fortunately, the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, which used more traditional vaccine technology, only needed to be kept at 8C, so that was when it was used on the island.
But Mr Townsend said the logistical challenge of achieving Oxford / AstraZeneca was still great.
Jobs had to be flown to the Falkland Islands and then delivered by Royal Navy ship HMS Forth in specially designed refrigerators at Tristan da Cunha, arriving in April 2021.
Mr Townsend added: “We are very grateful to the UK Health Protection Agency, the Office of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) and the Ministry of Defense and all those who have helped bring vaccines to the island.”
“You can imagine how much morale it had.”
He also said that vaccine consumption was high among islanders, with 95 percent of adults having two covidar jobs, the rest not doing so for medical reasons.
At the time the vaccines were delivered, Transport Minister Wendy Morton said the UK was committed to providing coveted jobs in its overseas territories.
‘The delivery of the vaccine to Earth shows our clear commitment to the people who live and work in the UK’s overseas territories, ‘she said.
“It’s been a big logistical effort that the UK can be proud of.”
Mr Townsend said Tristan da Cunha was still waiting for a round of covid booster to help ensure the island’s population had the best protection from the Omicron strain and its submarines.
Tristan da Cunha is famous for its wildlife such as penguins
Covid infections in England have almost doubled in a fortnight, rising to 1.4 million in the last week.
He said another major challenge of the epidemic was the supply of food, which usually arrives by ship.
He said, ‘Fresh fruits and vegetables were not imported from the island for five months.
However, he said the islanders faced the challenge and started hydroponics greenhouses last year and to shore up their food supplies in the future.
This flexibility is a defining characteristic of the inhabitants of the most isolated settlements on earth, Mr. Townsend added.
‘Tristanians are flexible. The main obstacle has been the number of Tristanis traveling to South Africa – it is no longer possible for people in need of medical treatment to reach the island, ‘he said.
He also said that the island’s population was closely monitoring the situation in the UK and wished good luck to mainland Britain.
In England, covid infections have almost doubled in a fortnight, and more than 1,000 patients are being admitted with the virus every day.
The UK government has said it will monitor the situation “very soon” but insists there are no plans to re-impose sanctions.
The minister and his advisers are convinced that only a fraction of Kovid patients are admitted because they are unwell, mainly due to the virus.
Separate statistics show that 20 Britons are dying from the virus every day.
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