Samoa’s Ministry of Health intends to conduct more testing of the sailor who had initially tested positive for coronavirus last night but returned a negative result this morning.

He was among 26 sailors who traveled via New Zealand last Friday with more than 250 others.

According to a press release from the Samoa Government, they were all tested for coronavirus upon arrival at Faleolo Airport and they were all negative.

All were tested again on Wednesday, 4 days after arrival as per the health repatriation mandate and the sailor was the single test with a positive result.

He was immediately isolated in the Special Ward at the National Hospital together with his roommate from their shared quarantine accommodation.

Although the roommate, also a sailor from Europe was tested negative, health authorizes have isolated the pair together as a precautionary measure.

SOURCE – RADIO NZ

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