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Two latest suspected coronavirus cases specimen sent for testing

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 26/03/2020

Samples from a 7th and an 8th case of coronavirus suspects in Tonga were yesterday sent to Australia for testing

The Health Minister – Dr. ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu confirmed the 7th and 8th suspected cases samples were sent aboard a chartered flight to Australia yesterday, where the samples will be taking to laboratory in Melbourne to determine whether or not these cases are COVID-19 positive.

In the meantime, the ministry is still awaiting the result of the 6th suspected cases test from New Zealand which the minister said should be confirmed either later today or tomorrow.

With the number of suspected cases of coronavirus climbing in Tonga, the government is closely monitoring the situation formulating plans for the country’s operation in the event that a case is confirmed positive. The Prime Minister – Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said this morning that government was looking to increase restrictions around the country in light of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of the people. He advised the public to follow directions given, stay home to stay safe, and to practice social distancing if they need to go out in public.

As the figures stand now, the first 5 suspected case of coronavirus in Tonga have returned negative, the 6th case is in New Zealand and the result should be determined soon, while the latest suspected cases, the 7th and 8th have just been flown to Australia for tests to be conducted

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