The Ministry of Health as of this morning, confirmed eight new positive cases are quarantined in managed isolation.
They are part of the 170 passengers that arrived in Samoa on the 6th March repatriation flight from New Zealand.
The statement issued by the National Emergency Operation Committee says the remaining 162 passengers who tested and returned negative PCR test results upon arrival are also placed in controlled quarantine.
All 127 high risk Frontline workers went straight to quarantine after processing the flight and will remain there for up to 72 hours.
The passengers and frontline workers remain asymptomatic with no symptoms as of this morning. Currently there is still no evidence of a community transmission.
The public is once again advised that Samoa remains at Alert Level 1 and respectfully encouraged to wear masks, practicing of 2meters social distancing and wash hands regularly.
All members of the public are advised that access to ALL COVID-19 QUARANTINE SITES is strictly prohibited.