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The Samoa Airport Authority has announced that Faleolo International Airport is now closed until further notice.
The last international flights close off as of midnight last night and Samoa hopes the seven suspected cases now awaiting test results will turnout negative. These samples do not include the two that were sent with the very first suspected case, the 21 year old who came from Auckland to celebrate her 21st birthday in Samoa that eventually turned out negative.
The Prime Minister said the outcome of those two tests are still being awaited.
The Government is enforcing the state of emergency orders and has set out monetary fines for people who will not comply.
Meanwhile, at least 400 people who arrived on the last flights into Samoa last night are now under mandatory 14 days quarantine.
This was confirmed by the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri in an interview with Radio 2AP.
He also confirmed that from the 22 samples tested for Coronavirus, 16 returned negative and six more are yet to be confirmed.
The 22 samples were tested in New Zealand and 16 came back negative including the two tests from the first eight cases.
“Four of the six remaining tests were done and could not make the last flight to New Zealand,” he said.
He said most of the people were not sick but still went through the process especially if they travelled from New Zealand or Australia.
“They all have to go through the 14 days quarantine and have to to be tested again after the isolation period.”
“With the first suspected case, there is little chance that she will get it unless she goes back to New Zealand where the virus is spreading fast,” he said.
There will also be follow-up tests for everyone that went through the 14 isolation period in case they miss something as they rely only on what they are being told.
There are also cases where the person suspected never went abroad, but could have contacted it from a relative visiting from abroad, said Leausa.
It is not certain how further tests samples will be sent for test overseas with the lockdown on international flights to New Zealand.
SOURCE: TALAMUA MEDIA/PACNEWS
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