The Ministry of Health has this morning confirmed 8 new positive cases are in quarantined managed isolation. The 8 arrived into Samoa on Sunday 6th March from a repatriation flight from New Zealand.
A total of 172 passengers arrived on the flight, and the remaining 164 passengers are reported to have returned negative PCR test results upon arrival. All passengers are in quarantine for the 21 day minimum isolation requirement.
The Ministry of Health confirms that all 127 high risk frontline workers who serviced the Sunday flight went straight to quarantine after processing the flight, and will remain there for up to 72 hours. Requiring frontliners to remain in quarantine for three days after the arrival of a repatriation flight is now a standard border control protocol for Samoa.
“The passengers and frontline workers remain asymptomatic with no symptoms as of this morning,” reads the NEOC statement.
“Currently there is still no evidence of a community transmission..
“The public is once again advised that Samoa remains at Alert Level 1 and are respectfully encouraged to wear masks, practice 2-meter social distancing and abide by hygiene measures such as washing hands regularly..
“All members of the public are advised that access to ALL COVID-19 QUARANTINE SITES is strictly prohibited..
“The National Emergency Operation Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Health will continue to advise the public on any further developments and updates..
“We implore the public’s continuing support for the safety of Samoa”.
Samoa’s vaccination rates stand at over 90% for double vaxxed adults, and booster shots
For more information contact the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on 997 or the COVID-19 Helpline on 8006440, and 911| 22222 for Emergencies.