One of the two COVID-19 cases who had mild symptoms, has been transferred from quarantine to the Isolation Ward at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH).

Acting Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Dr. Samuel Posikai, said both cases will be continued to be monitored and tested.

Samples have been sent abroad last Friday to confirm whether the cases are Delta variant or not, said the Acting Director of the Department of Curative and Hospital Services, Dr. Sereana Natuman.

She said the samples have been received by the laboratory in Melbourne on Wednesday and it would take 24 to 48 hours before they receive the results.

The two cases were part of the 18 passengers repatriated on a flight from New Caledonia last month. None of the other passengers have developed symptoms of COVID-19 and had tested negative on Day 1 and Day 5.

They will be tested once more on Day 11 and will be released from quarantine at the end of their 14 days quarantine period.

According to Natuman, the quarantine period for the normal COVID-19 variant and Delta is 14 days as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

No close contacts of the two active cases have been identified during contact tracing. All 20 frontline workers who went into quarantine as a precautionary measure have been released after being tested negative.

Currently, there is no evidence of any cases in the community. Efate and its offshore islands remain at level 1.


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