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Samoa vigilant after positive COVID result

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Source: RNZ Pacific

Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health intends to conduct more testing of the sailor who had initially tested positive for coronavirus last night but returned a negative result this morning.

He was among 26 sailors who traveled via New Zealand last Friday with more than 250 others.

In announcing the test results, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi assured the country that despite today's negative test result relevant government officials remain vigilant with their preventative and anti-COVID-19 pandemic response.

"It's all systems go for the Government's COVID preparedness and response plan.

"All the necessary health measures are enforced to eliminate any possible danger to our country," said Tulaepa.

"The health protocols to ensure the safety of our frontline workers mostly public servants at the Airport Authority Friday are also activated to ensure that they are not in jeopardy in anyway."

He called on the country to remain calm noting that since March the Government has been preparing to deal with incidents of this nature.

"Let us continue to remain calm and not to lose our faith in our never ending divine blessings from our Father in Heaven. I remain firm that our Father will never forsake our country and our people," said the Prime Minister.

In American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga has ordered the suspension of all flights to and from Samoa as well as tomorrow's sailing of the Samoa Govt ferry, Lady Naomi.