Nearly a month after registering its last case, the Northern Marianas has reported a positive Covid-19 test, bringing its total infections to 31.

Health authorities haven’t released any details about the case but reports say the person was a passenger on a 27 June flight from Guam.

The CNMI has concluded quarantining arrivals from Guam who are returning residents at an isolation facility.

Instead, they are now allowed them to self-quarantine at home with mandated testing after five days.

The positive case comes a few days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged the CNMI’s efforts in successfully stopping the spread of Covid-19.

The CDC said the Commonwealth had some of the lowest infections rates among the US jurisdictions, (American Samoa has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus).

The CDC comments means all the work and planning the CNMI has been putting together is showing results, according to Covid-19 Taskforce chair Warren Villagomez.

However the big test will be when the CNMI reopens its borders to tourists on 15 July.

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