China allows some Covid-19 cases to quarantine at home

Reuters reports most cases are asymptomatic infections and mild cases, with no special treatment required, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

"Asymptomatic persons and mild cases can be isolated at home while strengthening health monitoring, and they can transfer to designated hospitals for treatment in a timely manner if their condition worsens," the NHC said.

Two new positive cases in Samoa quarantine facility

The cases were identified after follow up tests on close contacts of the health worker who tested positive on Friday.

The two new cases include a driver and another health worker.

They have been transferred to the isolation ward at Motootua.

The number of positive cases has risen to 15 since a flight from New Zealand arrived in Samoa on 6 March.

All the cases are well and remain asymptomatic.

The public has been encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly.

Samoa NEOC Chairman clarifies Covid test results release process for passengers

“Those discharge summary comprises the treatments that they received and to tell them how many test results and how many times they were tested so they know what their test results are,” Agafili said.

He was responding to reports of complaints by some people that they are prohibited from knowing their Covid-19 test results.

In an interview with Talamua, Agafili added that he does not understand why passengers have complained and what grounds their complaints are based on.

Samoa introduces new travel advisory for American Samoans Samoa

Since the pandemic travellers from the territory to Apia have not been subject to quarantine.

In a special travel advisory, Samoa's Ministry of Health revised conditions for intending travellers from the Territory.

All passengers entering Samoa from Pago Pago will go into quarantine for at least 14 days or as determined by the Ministry of Health.

If they test positive in quarantine they will stay for up to 21 days or more.


Photo file Caption: Faleolo International Airport Samoa 


Twenty people in quarantine after escape

Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri says they are trying to identify people who were in the vicinity through security videos.

Leausa says the man was a repatriated seasonal worker from New Zealand who arrived last Thursday and had twice tested negative for Covid-19 since arriving.

He has been returned to quarantine and faces a fine of up to 2,000 tālā.

Leausa says the man must have been in contact with people on his way to the Western Union office and all these people need to come forward and be tested.


Samoa extends quarantine period for incoming passengers

This was confirmed by the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, at a news conference, where he added that the Delta variant has an incubation period of 28 days and it can transmit on the first or the last day.

Some 249 passengers who arrived on September 30, and are due to be released next week, will be asked to self isolate in their homes for a further seven days.

Leausa said about 50 people who lived outside of New Zealand had travelled to Samoa on a flight two weeks ago.

Scott Morrison sends message to Australians stuck overseas

In a video message to an awards ceremony held by a global network for Australian expats, Advance.org, Morrison said they had carried a "very heavy burden" over the past year and a half.

"I know for Australians overseas, it has been a very difficult and frustrating time," he said.

"It's tough, living through a pandemic, and being separated from your family, and that's brought its own heartbreak.

"Life's moments missed that you will never get back. Zoom can't do justice to these moments."

Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine

Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine.

That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals.

The AOC said: "While other countries are celebrating the return of their athletes, we are subjecting ours to the most cruel and uncaring treatment."

They added: "They are being punished for proudly representing their country with distinction at the Olympic Games."

16 members of the Australian Olympic team are already quarantining in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales.

Travellers to Western Australia still required to quarantine

Western Australia plans to keep treating New Zealand arrivals like international travellers and enforcing mandatory quarantine - bursting some potential travellers' hopes of travel bubble bliss.

Among them is Moira Green, who launched straight into plans to see her two sons and granddaughter in Fremantle after the announcement of quarantine-free trans-Tasman trips on Tuesday.

Her travel agent broke the news she'd still have to spend two weeks and at least $2500 staying in government-run quarantine if she wanted to get to the state.

Luke Evans' Quarantine Transformation Proves Hard Work Pays Off

The Murder Mystery star has never looked better in a new set of transformation photos he posted to Instagram.

Luke shared the side-by-side shots on Friday, March 19, and let's just say his fitness regimen has really put our quarantine hobbies to shame. 

He wrote, "8 months of work but I got there. June 2020 - February 2021." Not bad for 41 years of age, or as he noted, "#nearly42."