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Health Ministry confirms Samoa COVID positive cases escalate to 26

Dr. Take Naseri
Source: Radio Polynesia

Apia, SAMOA — As of Jan 25, (yesterday in Samoa), 26 positive cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health for Samoa.

All of them are being managed and controlled in quarantine. Currently there is no evidence of a community transmission.

All passengers and frontline workers were swabbed yesterday, which was day five of their quarantine.

The early results returned positive for 5 individuals who are frontline workers monitoring the isolation unit at Moto’otua, and 6 more positive cases confirmed late last night and early this morning were passengers who arrived from the flight on Wednesday 19th January.

These 11 new cases bring the total number of cases for Samoa to 26. The PCR tests for the rest of those in quarantine all returned negative.

Samoa remains at Alert Level 3 with a nationwide lockdown in effect until 6.00pm Thursday, 27th January 2022. The State of Emergency Order 63 was issued with conditions for Alert Level 3 yesterday, 24th January included amendments such as;

1. Opening of banks, money transfers, markets for fresh produce, shops and supermarkets, pharmacies and cash power outlets from 8am to 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

2. Mandatory wearing of facial masks, showing of vaccination cards, social distancing, and all children under 12 are prohibited from entering these public places.  

The Police have continued to provide tight security and enforcement of the SOE Orders. The public is respectfully advised to contact the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for any enquiries on the SOE Orders, and information relating to the nationwide lockdown.