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Samoa's Ministry of Health has confirmed that two Samoan sailors are in quarantine for 14 days at the Faleolo District Hospital amid fears they might be carrying China's coronavirus.
According to the Samoa Observer, the two have been at the hospital, which has been converted into a quarantine facility, since Sunday when they arrived on a flight from Nadi, Fiji.
They had travelled with six Chinese passengers who were refused entry to Samoa and flown back to Fiji where they are being quarantined despite showing no signs of any illness.
When making their way back to Samoa, the two Samoans had reportedly stopped in China for two days, which prompted the ministry to quarantine them as a precaution.
All travellers originating or transiting through China must spend at least 14 days in quarantine at a country of last port that is free of the virus.
Meanwhile, Fiji's government said all passengers travelling from Hong Kong and Singapore were being met by health officers to determine whether they recently visited China's Hubei Province.
French Polynesian authorities consider the risk posed by the virus is low but say a process is in place should the situation change.
In Wallis and Futuna, a heat-seeking camera has been installed at the airport to screen all arriving passengers.
Palau will from today bar chartered flights from China and temporarily suspend direct charter flights from Hong Kong and Macau until further notice.
President Tommy Remengesau is set to issue an executive order to that effect after a recommendation by the National Emergency Committee (NEC).
Remengesau said Palau would take action on all precautionary and preventive measures as recommended by the NEC and the Ministry of Health.
He said the country's isolation could be an advantage in minimising the risks of the virus' entry and Palau would put this to use.
In 2019, Palau received more than 30,000 Chinese tourists.
SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
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