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Samoa extends quarantine period for Nov. 13th travelers from NZ

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compiled by Samoa News staff

Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa reiterated over the weekend that the quarantine period for all passengers from the flight of the 13th November 2020 from New Zealand has been extended for another week.

This was a collective decision made to ensure that the country is protected from a potential community transmission of COIVD 19, given the emergence of two COVID 19 cases discovered over the last weeks in Samoa.  “As we continue in this path of trying times, the Disaster Advisory Committee reassures all of you, that the doctors and nurses, police and all frontline staff are working tirelessly to ensure that the country is protected, and that your stay in quarantine sites is clinically safe and comfortable.”

After expressing regret for any inconvenience caused by the weeklong extension, Govt assured that the decision was made in the best interest of Samoa.  “Our national security is our priority, and it is our role as citizens of Samoa to do everything possible to safeguard our people and our land.”

The commission assured that the dedicated health care team would continue to make daily visits to all sites and police had elevated their regular patrols in collaboration with the security teams posted at the quarantine sites, to ensure safety.

The committee appealed to the families of those quarantined who have been eagerly awaiting their return home, to remain calm and patient. “Let us join in one accord and pray that the Lord’s divine healing is upon our nation, and to come in agreement to believe in His promise, that ‘by His stripes we are healed’.”

“We will continue to keep you informed of the progress of your quarantine process. May the grace and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to cleanse, and heal our country and this planet,” concluded Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo, Chairman of the Disaster Advisory Committee.

(Source: Disaster Management Office, Samoa Public Health Ministry)