One of the passengers on last Friday’s repatriation flight from New Zealand checking through Immigration at Faleolo Airport.
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – 03 JUNE 2020: At least 10 people from last week’s repatriation flight from New Zealand are now on self-quarantine at their homes.
These passengers have been granted permission to be home quarantined and are monitored and under surveillance on a daily basis, according to the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.
He said the Ministry is taking all precautionary measures and the same rules apply as to those under quarantine at hotels.
The State of Emergency Orders gives two options are given to quarantine passengers. Either to be quarantined at places and conditions determined by Cabinet which may include costs to be paid by passengers, or at their homes under approval of the Director General under prescribed conditions.
Leausa said the conditions include staying at home and having no contact with anyone else outside of the homes.
“There are daily routine health checks on all sites including homes with security guards allocated at all site sand homes,” said Leausa.
Before the passengers arrived, the health officials inspected the places where they would be staying and ensuring families to fully stock up supplies to last two weeks of quarantine.
He said those who are at home quarantine did put through requests to be home isolated long before the flight arrived.
No suspected cases
Rumours have been flying since the repatriation flight touched down Friday 29 May that two suspected COVID-19 cases were on board. The Prime Minister said these rumours were “irresponsible and reckless.”
He said the Ministry of Health has confirmed that there were no suspected cases on the flight and in the country and that’s the way he wanted it to be.
Samoa’s Covid-19 State of Emergency has been extended for another four weeks to 2 July and air travel into Samoa are under tight control unless flights are approved by Cabinet.