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Two quarantined students released

Two students who were under quarantine at the Faleolo Hospital earlier this month were released on Friday.

The female and male students flew in from mainland China and had been quarantined for the past 14 days.

The Government Press Secretariat, Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga, told the Samoa Observer that they were cleared with no signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, "nothing whatsoever."

"So that was a good outcome," he said.

In total, seven people have been held in quarantine with four released.

This leaves just three people left in quarantine, including the Samoan woman and her Kenyan husband, as well as a young woman who flew into Apia last week.

The couple will undergo their final screening on Saturday and may be released over the course of the weekend should they be cleared of the virus without complications, said Nanai.

On Thursday night, three Asian passengers were deported upon arrival in Apia, two are from Japan.

Government spokesperson told the Samoa Observer that they were returned to New Zealand as the Japanese nationals flew directly from Japan to Auckland and Auckland to Apia before satisfying the 14 days of self quarantine in a country free of the virus before heading to Samoa, requirement.

 The other one flew in from one of the Asian countries on the restricted list, Nanai said.

Asked how many in total who have been denied entry into Samoa, Nanai said he has lost count so far.

A range of countries and their national airlines, including New Zealand, Australia and the United States have banned the arrival of foreign travelers from China. 

Travelers from these states or transiting through must spend at least 14 days in a country that is free of the 2019 novel coronavirus and must undergo medical clearance within three days before arrival in Samoa.

A medical clearance is required from travelers at the point of check in prior to the issuing of passenger boarding passes.

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