May 14, 2022

First Coronavirus Case in Tonga Since Start of Pandemic

The Ministry of Health and Sports in Tonga has confirmed the first case of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. The person is a child from Niuatoputapu. They are recovering well, but it remains unclear how they contracted this virus or where they were exposed to infection.

The Tonga News reports that the child was referred to Auckland Hospital in New Zealand after they were complaining of fever, cough and other respiratory symptoms. The child is also reported to have had contact with confirmed coronavirus cases from Samoa. The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health and Sports Dr Palisi Kameʻeleihiwa told the Tonga News that the child has been responding well to treatment and is now in a stable condition.

Tongan authorities have been on alert since Samoa confirmed their first coronavirus case earlier this month. Nearly 100 people have now been tested for coronavirus in Tonga with none testing positive so far. Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health and Sports Dr Palisi Kameʻeleihiwa told Matangi Tonga that he is concerned about this latest case, but urged local people to remain calm. He said the ministry will continue to monitor coronavirus around the Kingdom.

 

Dr Palisi Kameʻeleihiwa says if anyone is feeling unwell with these symptoms, they should go to the nearest medical facility for early detection and treatment.

Tongan authorities have already begun contacting people who had close contact with the coronavirus case in Samoa. These include passengers of one flight between Pago Pago and Tongatapu, as well as passengers of two flights departing Tongatapu to Samoa. Local authorities are also examining the possibility that the child contracted coronavirus after contact with an infected Samoan person during a recent visit to Samoa.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 11 countries now have laboratory evidence of human infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The countries and the number of cases are: Jordan (6), United Kingdom (10), Germany (1), Saudi Arabia (5): France (1), United Arab Emirates (2) and Qatar (1).

Earlier this week the WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan warned that nCoV poses a threat to the entire world.

The Tonga News reports that at least two other Pacific countries are also monitoring their coronavirus situation including Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Samoa’s first coronavirus case remains in hospital where he is continuing his treatment and recovering well. His kidneys are now functioning normally and he is no longer requiring dialysis.

The Tonga News reports that there is a heightened awareness of coronavirus at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand after this latest case. The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health and Sports Dr Palisi Kameʻeleihiwa told the Tonga News that the ministry will continue to monitor coronavirus around the Kingdom.

The World Health Organisation(WHO) has confirmed that 11 countries now have laboratory evidence of human infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The countries and number of cases are Jordan (6), United Kingdom (10), Germany (1), Saudi Arabia (5), France (1), United Arab Emirates (2) and Qatar (1).

Earlier this week the WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan warned that nCoV poses a threat to the entire world.