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Tongan athletes in good health in UK

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/02/2020

The first group of Tongan athletes evacuated from China to the UK, are in good health but are still being closely monitored over the next 14 days to ensure they have not contracted the virus.

The acting health minister Poasi Tei confirmed yesterday that the first group of athletes that arrived in London early yesterday morning, were welcomed by the Tongan High Commissioner to the UK – H.E Hon. Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, and the report from the UK is that the athletes are all in good health so far.

Tei says government had provided funds to cover the costs of the athletes quarantine in London to ensure they are safe, while they will be monitored for symptoms of the Covid-19 and taken care of by Dr. Faka’osi Pifeleti.

If any of the athletes start to show symptoms of the virus, there are protocols and procedures of the British government that they will then have to follow but they are hopeful that the athletes are safe and clear of the virus.

The second group of athletes are expected to depart China today and arrive in London early tomorrow morning. Following the athletes 14 days in London and after cleared to travel, it is expected that by March 3rd they can be on their way back home.

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