It’s not clear from the RNZ report whether the man died from Covid-19 or how he came to wash ashore on the island. CNN has reached out to Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities which overseas the Department of Ports and Marine for more information.
According to Prime Minister Bob Loughman, the travel ban is in place while authorities conduct contact tracing, RNZ reported.
As part of those efforts, 16 people have been put in quarantine — most of them police officers who went to the scene when the body was found, according to the report. The director-general of health, Russell Tamata, is urging the public to get tested, although he said the risk of community transmission was low, according to RNZ.
CNN has reached out to Vanuatu authorities for comment.