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MoH continues to monitor 57 passengers at home

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/07/2020


The Ministry of Health is currently monitoring the 57 passengers from Fiji for an extra week in their homes after they were happily released from Tano’a hotel to their families yesterday.

This was after the results of their third and final COVID-19 tests reaffirmed the previous tests conducted.

Radio Tonga news this morning had the chance to interview one of the passengers – Saia Fonokalafi who expressed how happy he is to finally be at home with his family after being away for many months.

Saia says, they have been looking forward to be with their families after arriving in Tonga two weeks ago and although they weren’t sure yet of the results however, when it was announced they were all NEGATIVE for COVID-19 they were excited to be home after two weeks spent in isolation at Tano’a Hotel.

During the one week period, the Chief Medical Officer of the Public Health Division – Dr. Reynold ‘Ofanoa says, they are working in close collaboration with related stakeholders – including the Attorney General’s Office in enforcing the Public Health Order and passengers have been reminded of this.

The passengers have agreed to cooperate with the Ministry while in home quarantine and they will be monitored daily by a team from the Ministry.

The home quarantine also applies to the frontline workers and although the aim is to reduce the possibility of the virus in Tonga, but is to also help them get enough rest before returning to work to resume their normal duties.

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