Samoa reports first COVID-19 case, patient found negative in second test


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Samoa reports first COVID-19 case, patient found negative in second test

Samoa reported it's first positive test for the COVID-19, a Sailor who arrived on a repatriation flight from Auckland, New Zealand last Friday, although a second test on the same patient returned a negative result.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced in a press conference that the patient in a quarantine facility tested positive for the COVID-19 on Wednesday night, but a second test on Thursday morning had returned a negative result.

"After four days in quarantine, tests were conducted and a sailor was tested positive and he was immediately isolated, as per usual procedures and the police are stationed there for safety reasons," the prime minister said.

"A second test was conducted at 6:00 a.m. local time (Thursday) and it came out negative and these things happen, hence the press conference to inform the public over this matter."

Prime Minister  addressed the nation live on radio and television, urging people to remain vigilant with their virus precautions.

He made it clear that Samoa would not take any risks as the man could transmit the COVID-19 to others.

The prime minister said the Cabinet would meet Thursday to decide on any changes to the current virus settings, the Observer reported. Samoa is home to about 200,000 people.

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