COVID-19 UPDATE: No new samples for last 3 days

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Samoa has no confirmed cases of Coronavirus so far and no new samples were taken for last 3 days

 

Source: Ministry of Health

 

APIA, SAMOA – 06 APRIL 2020: As of 9:00 this morning, the Ministry of Health confirms there are No Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Samoa. In its latest Covid-19 update, the Ministry continues to provide care for all patients who need it, and are prepared to provide care for those who may become infected with COVID-19.

No samples were taken in the last 3 days.

At the time of this update:

  • All the 20 samples sent overseas (New Zealand) for testing came back
  • Number of outstanding samples: 11 (these samples are awaiting transport on the next available flight).

Samples were taken from people with fever and flu-like symptoms with a history of travel in the past 14 days overseas. For the past 3 days, NO NEW SAMPLES were taken.

Active surveillance for early detection of COVID-19 cases in Samoa is ongoing. The public will be updated regularly on the number of people meeting the criteria for COVID-19 testing and their test results.

Tests using the GeneXpert machine available at our laboratory at Motootua is anticipated within the next 3-4 weeks.

The Ministry encourages all persons who have travelled or transited through countries affected by COVID-19 to monitor themselves for the development of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

“If you have any of these symptoms, contact the Ministry of Health COVID-19 call centre toll FREE Hotline 800 6440 or your family doctor for advice.”

The Ministry of Health is taking full precautions and preventive measures, to control the transmission of COVID-19, including preparing the health system to treat and care for our patients. The public also needs to do its part to protect Samoa.

“We are all at risk for COVID-19, especially persons 60 years and over with underlying health conditions.”