Tonga's Cabinet to meet after first Covid case arrives from NZ

Barbara Dreaver
Source: 1News

Tonga’s cabinet will decide on Monday what action to take following confirmation a Covid-19 case came in on a repatriation flight from Christchurch on Wednesday.

Aerial Nuku'alofa - the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga

The Pacific Kingdom’s first ever case is one of 215 passengers on board the Air New Zealand flight – and is showing no symptoms despite testing positive while in quarantine.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health says the case returned a negative pre-departure test and was fully vaccinated, receiving their second jab on October 15.

The ministry is working to establish any known links to the Christchurch cases.

Many of the 215 passengers on board the repatriation flight were RSE seasonal workers based in the South Island – Horticulture New Zealand told 1News the positive case is not one of their workers.

On the main island of Nuku’alofa this afternoon worried residents flooded shops to buy groceries and there were queues at petrol stations and also at the hospital for vaccinations.

Frontline workers who were involved with Wednesday’s repatriation flight are in isolation.

All passengers returning from overseas have to quarantine for three weeks when they arrive in Tonga and do a number of tests.