First test of suspected case is negative
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 9/03/2020
The results of the first sample sent to Melbourne Australia of the suspected case of covid 19 at Vaiola hospital has confirmed it is negative.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says, the first test sent on Friday to Australia is negative however, officials from the World Health Organisation recommended another test be sent to Auckland New Zealand to ensure it is 100% negative.
He adds, the sample sent to New Zealand were sent after 48 hours and the results are expected today although no specific time was mentioned.
With the public concerned about the outcome of the second sample, Prime Minister urges people to be vigilant and to continue practicing hygienic lifestyle.
The health director Dr. Siale ‘Akauola adds, the reason for a second sample is to confirm the case as the virus is new to Tonga with no confirmed cases.
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