Four more passengers who arrived into Samoa from Auckland on Sunday, 6th March 2022, have tested postive for Covid-19.
This was the result of their second lot of covid testing undertaken yesterday afternoon, on Day 3 of their three-week quarantine.
According to an NEOC statement, “one of these cases was a close contact of the eight (8) positive cases identified from the first round of tests, conducted upon the arrival of the flight on Sunday”.
The press statement does not give any further information on the other three positive cases.
The rest of the passengers’ tests returned negative.
The 127 frontline workers who serviced the flight on Sunday also undertook covid tests yesterday, and all returned negative results.
Samoa’s protocols requires that all frontliners remain in managed isolation for 72 hours after the arrival of a repatriation flight. The 127 healthcare workers, airport staff, quarantine and customs, police and drivers have all been in quarantine since Sunday.
The 4 new cases were transferred to the managed isolation ward at Motootua last night. This has increased the number of positive cases from the flight on Sunday to 12. All are well and remain asymptomatic.