A 23 year old sailor has been placed into an isolation room at the Motootua National Hospital for further monitoring after he returned a positive Covid-19 test on Tuesday evening as part of the routine testing of quarantined citizens carried out by the Ministry of Health.
The sailor who had been working in Italy, returned home on Samoa’s 19th repatriation flight last Friday, along with 217 other sailors who’d been stranded afloat cruise ships and container vessels since the world went into lockdown more than 10 months ago.
In a press conference led by the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) Chair and Ministry of Health Director General Leausa Dr Take Naseri, the nation was assured that there was nothing to worry about as test results are showing no signs of IgM (Immunoglobulin M), just traces of IgG (Immunoglobulin G).
“E lē o aliali mai le ituaiga antibody foi lea e maua loa, react mai e ta’u o le IgM.. ae ua maualuga le IgG o le ituaiga antibody lea, o le delay response lea o le tino..”
“E faafoliga mai o lea lava e iai vaega o le vairasi lea ei totonu o lona tino ae ua faasolo ina mate..”
The Director General gave his assurance in a press conference with the media yesterday afternoon, that this was another historical case, “similar to our first two positive cases last November”.
“The young man is doing fine and he presents no symptoms of the virus whatsoever…”
The sailor was the only positive test returned out of the 258 passengers. Leausa added that all passengers will again be tested in the next four to five days, and this process of close monitoring shall continue until the 21-day period of isolation is completed.
“We advise the general public to stay calm and not to worry; because this case is another historical case..”
Interim Chairman of the NEOC Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo conveyed that the family of the sailor had been informed, and also assured that he is healthy, asymptomatic and there is nothing to worry about.
The NEOC and the Ministry of Health continue to monitor the elderly man and sailor from November’s historical cases, and were pleased to report both are well, “and perfectly healthy”.
Agafili once again advised the general public to continue with preventative measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance.