Niue has detected its first community cases of Covid-19

Four people, who are all part of the same household, are being recorded as the island’s first community cases. 

Bringing the current total number of active cases the island has detected to 5. 

This is the first time the island has had a case of the coronavirus detected in the community since the Covid-19 pandemic began two years ago. 

Niue’s first historical case of Covid-19 detected at the borders occurred in March earlier this year. And since then, the island has detected a total of 30 cases linked to the border. 

The four new cases are cases in the community that are not linked to the border. 

Acting Premier and Minister of Health Hon. Sauni Tongatule says that “contact tracing began immediately after the cases were detected and all affected people are being contacted by Niue’s health official.”

“The cases and their household close contacts are currently in isolation as per Niue’s strict Covid-19 protocols,” says Hon. Tongatule. 

Director General for Health and Social Services Gaylene Tasmania says that “several persons of interest were tested today, and they have all returned a negative test result, which is a reassuring sign.”

“Niue’s extremely high vaccination rate is a factor in the island’s favour. If you have any symptoms that could be Covid-19, please stay at home, contact Niue Foou Hospital and get a PCR test. The drive through at Niue Foou Hospital is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 12pm,” says Tasmania. 

The island still remains at National Covid-19 Alert Code YELLOW. 

Health and government officials would like to remind members of the public to work together to keep our communities safe and protected from the coronavirus. 

Practice good personal hygiene, wear a mask, use the RockSafe contact tracing, stock up PPE and essential resources, be prepared for alert level changes, and keep up to date with the Niue Covid-19 government website 

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