Public concerned for risk of COVID-19 transmission through objects
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/04/2020
There is concern from the public regarding the nature of the coronavirus as there is a risk of transmission from the surface of items being sent from abroad that may be contaminated.
This morning Radio Tonga resumed its daily talkback show on issues impacting people’s lives and majority of the issues raised by the public were concerns for the arrival of the COVID-19 on our shores.
Tevita from ‘Atata said health officials need to be more clear on this issue as they are worried, paranoid about even the items that are imported into the country.
The Health Minister – Dr. ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu says COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a novel coronavirus with no specific vaccines or treatments and experts all around the world are still trying to understand it.
However, they have received advice of a risk of transmission through objects as the coronavirus can survive on the surface of objects for up to 3 days, that is why the government has decided to take protective measures even further with the quarantining of all imports for at least 72 hours before releasing it.
Mele ‘Ilangana from Ha’apai had expressed hope that their daily weaving projects with the women in the village would soon be allowed to go ahead as this was one of their main sources of income but with the project being postponed during the restrictions, they were facing financial difficulty.
The Health Minister says village women’s weaving projects were considered large gatherings under the current restrictions but they would be looking into reviewing it this week.
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