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(9News (Australia))   The remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati, one of the last uninfected places on the planet, finally gets its taste of COVID-19   ( divider line
    More: Scary, New Zealand, remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati, Pacific Islands, Pacific Ocean, island nation's citizens, Vaccine, Nauru, Justin McManus  
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2022-01-28 7:15:41 AM  
The first bold step to herd immunity. Congratulations Kiribatians!
2022-01-28 8:36:30 AM  
Lol, the first people they allowed were religious nutjobs.
2022-01-28 11:12:39 AM  
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Not impressed.
2022-01-28 11:13:08 AM  
Kiribati finally began reopening this month, allowing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to charter a plane to bring home 54 of the island nation's citizens.

Many of those aboard were missionaries who had left Kiribati before the border closure to spread the faith abroad for what is commonly known as the Mormon church.

More than half the passengers tested positive for the virus, which has now slipped out into the community and prompted the government to declare a state of disaster.

This has got to be the first time missionaries have spread disease and misery.
2022-01-28 11:14:41 AM  
*Madagascar's eye twitches*
2022-01-28 11:20:51 AM  
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2022-01-28 11:22:16 AM  
Only 113,000 people and only a 33% vaccination rate.

I'm guessing the mormonism has a large part to play in that but damn, that could have been 100% vaccinated and boosted with relatively little time, effort and money.
2022-01-28 11:35:32 AM  
Ah, religion: is there anything it can't take a huge, steaming toxic dump on?
2022-01-28 11:36:12 AM  
When the 'rona gets to Tristan De Cuhna, then i'll be impressed.

/Look it up if you've never heard of it.
2022-01-28 12:48:16 PM  
Kiribati (pronounced like Kiribass in the local language) actually has more permanent issues to deal with than COVID and Mormons.

Two uninhabited Kiribati islets, Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea, disappeared underwater in 1999 due to rising sea level. The largest inhabited island, Tarawa, like nearly all of Kiribati, is flat, flat, flat. Tarawa is currently dealing with sea water encroachment into the fresh water supply, and that's before sea level is projected to rise another 20 inches this century. Once their fresh water supply is contaminated by salt water, everyone who remains (and that's half the country's population) will have to be evacuated somewhere...maybe they'll be welcome in Salt Lake City.

I visited two eastern Kiribati islands, Millennium and Flint, on an expedition a few years ago. At that time the coral reefs were in significant distress and virtually all of the corals were bleached due to rising ocean temperature. That means nearly all the atolls in the Southern Line Islands and the Gilbert Islands are at risk of salt water encroachment and are either currently, or will soon be, uninhabitable.

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This is what a lot of Kiribati looked like underwater when I was there in 2018. Those corals are either dead or will be soon. Once the corals break up, there's nothing to block wave action and the ocean washes ashore.

COVID? That's a problem. No drinking water? That's game over.
2022-01-28 1:10:45 PM  

question_dj: Lol, the first people they allowed were religious nutjobs.

The second M is silent.
2022-01-28 8:05:03 PM  
Tonga also got its 1st covid case due to Mormon missionaries.
2022-01-28 8:14:55 PM  

Mussel Shoals: Kiribati (pronounced like Kiribass in the local language) actually has more permanent issues to deal with than COVID and Mormons.

Kiribati is on a plate that is sinking too.  The amount of sand in the area that built the island has run out into deeper waters so that is a problem too.

Atolls in shallow water drift.  Sand builds up on one side and gets eroded on the other so they walk across shallows created by coral.  At some point they hit the end of the top of the hill and then quickly disappear.  Movement of a mile per century (2 yards a year) isn't uncommon in flat areas until they hit the downslope.  That compares to rocky places like NZ and Norway which move about an inch per year mostly because of the underlying plate movement.
2022-01-28 8:55:39 PM  

question_dj: Lol, the first people they allowed were religious nutjobs.

it was either that or zuckerberg with a pile of laptops and a satellite internet connection
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