Samoa extends SOE on account of new Covid pressure abroad

The Samoan authorities has prolonged its Covid-19 State of Emergency Orders for an additional month as a result of speedy unfold of the brand new pressure spreading by South Africa and the UK.


The coronavirus mutation first present in England in December, has now unfold to fifty international locations and territories, in keeping with the World Well being Organisation.

The South African variant is now detected in twenty.

At a press briefing on the Nationwide Emergency Operation Middle, Samoa’s Chairman Agafili Shem Leo confirmed Cupboard made the choice to increase the SOE at a particular assembly on Tuesday.

Samoa Well being Director Leausa Dr Take Naseri
Photograph: Samoa govt

“Cupboard additionally took be aware that extra Samoans can be returning residence on repatriation flights authorized for the primary three months of the 12 months,” he stated.

Director Normal of Well being Leausa Dr Take Naseri stated that the port safety measures have been tightened.

“Contact between crew members from incoming vessels and native assist personnel from well being to port authority and stevedoring minimized.

“And for each vessel licensed to dock and off-load its import cargo all of the required security procedures are enforced,” he stated.

The brand new safety port measures comes after a sailor of the Coral Island vessel examined Covid-19 constructive when it docked in American Samoa in direction of the top of final 12 months.

Agafili raised issues that the American Samoa well being authorities did talk with the Samoan authorities concerning the constructive case.

In the meantime, Leausa reiterated that the ban issued by the Ministry of Well being for all guests and residents from the UK and South Africa together with individuals transiting by the 2 international locations stays in drive.

Travellers and transiting passengers from Spain, France, Australia, Lebanon, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, Nigeria, Japan, SA, Denmark, Canada and Jordan can be assessed on a case by case foundation earlier than denied entry .

All travellers to Samoa at the moment are required to have a destructive Covid RT-PCR take a look at inside 72 hours earlier than boarding from final port, a medical clearance inside 72 hours earlier than boarding from final port and a blood serology for Covid-19 antibody take a look at inside 5 days earlier than boarding.

Passengers ought to count on managed quarantine isolation to be prolonged to 21 days.

The identical situations apply to all cargo, tankers and fishing vessels berthing at Samoan ports and consists of all new crew becoming a member of their vessels right here.

All travellers, flight and sea vessel crew with a historical past of a constructive Covid 19 (RT-PCR) take a look at will not be allowed to enter Samoa except Six (6) months have handed from date of the primary constructive take a look at end result.

They need to additionally present genome sequencing take a look at of the virus if out there and should present proof of three consecutive destructive take a look at outcomes not less than seven days aside after six months have handed.

Samoa is among the many few international locations which have remained freed from Covid-19.

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