All close contacts from the last flight released today and index case will remain in MIQ

The passengers in MIQ were released today after completing the statutory 10-day quarantine period for incoming passengers from New Zealand. All passengers returned negative COVID test results for Day 7 and Day 9 testing according to a media release issued today. 

The government also announced today that the index (first positive) case of COVID-19 along with the immediate close contact will remain in isolation for a further period of time to complete a 14-day quarantine period as per protocols for a positive case. 

According to the press release, all frontline workers including airport workers have returned negative COVID test results as per routine testing. Members of the public who also used the drive-through testing exercise at the Niue Foou Hospital also returned negative test results. 

The government’s COVID Committee continues to encourage the people of Niue to prepare and remain vigilant. The Committee is also committed to updating the Niue Emergency Response Plan to Coronavirus Disease 2020 (COVID-19) to ensure best practice and recent information for healthcare providers, patients and the people of Niue regarding optimal management of COVID-19. 

Premier Dalton Tagelagi told BCN news earlier today that the Cabinet is very pleased with the work of the government officials and the frontline staff in keeping the people of Niue safe and managing the case in MIQ. 

Health officials will continue to monitor the index case and close contact until advised for release.

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