The Samoa Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a statement confirming a more realistic timeframe for receiving test results the country’s first suspected coronavirus case.
The Ministry last night confirned that test samples for the country’s first supected case had been sent away for testing, but would take 10 to 20 working days to return.
“The patient’s samples have been sent to Australia for COVID-19 testing and results should be available in 10-20 working days (pending Customs clearance)”.
This raised concerns from the public about the uncertainties given the length of time before Samoa would know for certain if the world wide pendemic had penetrated its boarders.
Australia’s Minister for the Pacific, Mr Alex Hawke has said Covid-19 test results are usually returned to Pacific countries within three to four days.
MOH has since published an update to confirm that both Australia and New Zealand have given assurances that the turnaround time for testing samples from Samoa would be between 3 to 5 days.
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