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Samoa reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

20 Jan 2022, 21:44 GMT+10

SUVA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Samoa reported on Thursday 10 new COVID-19 cases.

According to Samoa Observer on Thursday, Samoa's National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) said that the 10 passengers returning on a Qantas charter flight from Australia's Brisbane to Samoa on Wednesday have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the 10 positive cases in Samoa, the youngest is 11 months old with the oldest aged 63.

All 10 passengers, who are asymptomatic and are fully vaccinated, have been placed in an isolation unit at the National Hospital at Moto'otua and will be closely monitored.

The NEOC also confirmed that the incoming flight from New Zealand which was scheduled to arrive on Saturday has been cancelled until further notice.

This is the third time Samoa has recorded cases of people returning to the island nation returning positive tests for the virus, though this is the first time 10 travelers have returned positive test results.

Last month, Samoa recorded it's second positive case of COVID-19 when a 24-year-old who flew in on a flight from Fiji in December tested positive. He was discharged a few weeks ago.

In February last year, a young man on a repatriation flight from California, the United States and transiting via Auckland, New Zealand, tested positive for the virus, resulting in the first instance of the virus in the island nation.

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