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Three new border cases confirmed in Samoa's latest Covid-19 outbreak

Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Source: RNZ Pacific

Apia, SAMOA — Three new cases of COVID-19 including a 4-year-old child have been detected among those in quarantine in Samoa, the country's Ministry of Health says.

Samoa is at alert level 2 and has just emerged from a nationwide lockdown.

The outbreak started about 10 days ago among passengers who arrived in Samoa on a repatriation flight from Brisbane.

In-bound repatriation flights and seasonal worker flights were immediately suspended.

The total number of positive cases has risen to 30 and all remain asymptomatic, a spokesperson said in a media statement today.

Currently there is no evidence of a community transmission, the statement said.

All frontline workers in quarantine other than five nurses at the isolation unit in Moto'otua Hospital continue to return negative test results after their third round of testing.

The nurses had been caring for some of the COVID positive passengers.

Samoa's nationwide lockdown was lifted last week once it was confirmed that there was no community transmission of COVID-19 resulting from the flight.

Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa said that work and businesses would re-open, public gatherings would be capped at 30 people, and only cargo flights would be allowed in and out of Samoa.