COVID-19 Update: 8 positive cases over the weekend, Niue high school move to remote learning for the week

There are 8 active cases of Covid 19 on the island, which prompted the return to Alert Level Yellow on Friday last week. One of the active cases is a student of Niue High school and a teacher at Niue Primary School. There will be no face-to-face learning at Niue High School this week as students are told to study remotely.

On Friday 26th August, the government announced that 5 active cases were detected and issued the notice to move the island from Alert level Blue to Yellow. 

On Saturday 27th August, two more cases were identified as close contacts to the first 5 cases, increasing the total number of active cases on Saturday to 7. 

Yesterday on Sunday 28th August another case was identified taking the tally to 8 active cases. 

According to the government’s Covid dashboard, the eight cases are “Border-linked cases” and confuse the passengers from the previous flight on the 22nd August because the government press release last week said that the passengers from that flight tested negative on their day one and day three tests last week.

It’s understood the majority of the active cases are from one village and are linked to passengers from the flight on the 15th of August.

Over the weekend, a notice from the Department of Education and Niue High School announced that Niue High School will not be holding face-to-face classes and that students will be studying remotely because one of the students had tested positive.

Parents and caregivers are asked to pick up the students’ study packs from the school but must wear their masks when entering the school grounds.

In the same statement, the Education Department informed that Niue Primary will continue with normal classes.

BCN News understands that one of the teachers from Niue Primary also tested positive as one of the first five cases identified on Friday last week and was posted on social media by the school. The teacher and students in that class have been told to isolate themselves for seven days. 

A statement from the National Covid Committee was expected today but was not available at the time this story was filed.

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