Covid Tonga update: 20 new Covid cases as apparent Omicron spreads

UPDATED: There are 20 new cases of Covid-19 today February 9 in Tonga, taking the total number of cases in the latest community outbreak to 35, with one case been recovered.

Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku said these new cases were all close contacts of the primary two active cases.

Fasi, Halaano and Sopu were the latest locations of interest linked to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hu’akavameiliku has revealed the record-high daily case numbers in a press conference currently taking place this afternoon in Nuku’alofa.

Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said all new cases were ‘mild’, they were all vaccinated including some of them who had their booster shots.

The new cases came after 14 cases were recorded yesterday with one case been recovered.

Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said 1093 tests were conducted in Vainī yesterday and only one person’s result returned positive.

Dr ‘Akau’ola urged people to wear face coverings and socially distance until the country returns to normality.

The Minister of Health Hon Piukala said 140 doses administered to people who have had the first of the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday while 281 received the second doses.

Hon Piukala said 2185 received a Covid-19 booster vaccine yesterday in Tongatapu.

……………More to come

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