Ulu Bismarck Crawley, Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).
By Lagi Keresoma
“The list of returning Samoans has expanded beyond 1,000. They include seasonal workers who have completed work contracts, sports teams, public servants, international staff as well as families and individuals.”
APIA, SAMOA – 27 MAY 2020: Fifteen quarantine sites have been allocated to quarantine all passengers travelling from New Zealand this Friday, according to Ulu Bismarck Crawley, Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).
Ulu said 10 people will be allocated to each site and quarantine measures are fully enforced for all incoming travellers as when the Covid-19 State of Emergency (SOE) started.
Ulu also disputed media reports that some of the passengers from last Friday’s repatriation Air New Zealand flight were being self-isolated at their homes. He emphasized that quarantine at selected venues is strictly a priority for anyone coming into the country.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the quarantine logistics and the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed what Ulu said. Several hotels have been used to quarantine incoming travelers apart from the Faleolo District hospital and facilities at neighbouring Mulifanua village.
Samoa decides who to fly home not Air New Zealand
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said in his daily program on Radio 2AP last week that Air New Zealand decided who was to be on the repatriation flight.
“No, we decide who to bring, not Air New Zealand,” Ulu said.
A Government Travel Advisory 20 May said the list of returning Samoans had expanded beyond 1000. They include seasonal workers who have completed work contracts, sports teams, public servants, international staff who work in Samoa as well as families and individuals that were visiting friends and families.
The traveling public was encouraged to register with the Office of the Samoa Consul General in Auckland and provide the necessary details for the arrangement of all flights by Air New Zealand.
Government is also arranging further repatriation flights out of Auckland on 12 and 26 June as well as 9 and 23 July.