Passenger who escaped from quarantine site recaptured

A man required to undergo the mandatory 14-day coronavirus pandemic quarantine, escaped from the quarantine site on Wednesday night, with the Police called to find him. He was found and transferred to the Faleolo Medical Centre.

The man, whose identity remains unknown arrived in the country from New Zealand last Friday, and was being quarantined at Talanoa Fale’s Accommodation at Moamoa.

A Security official from Top Security at the accomodation told the Samoa Observer that the man used the bad weather to escape from the accomodation.

“He came and slipped through the trees and the fence when it was raining very heavily while the security guards were doing there rounds at the back checking out the area," the Security official who did not want to be identified said.

“He took off in a taxi that passed by."

The official said the Police were immediately alerted.

 “And they have just recaptured him," he said. "He’s just been brought in around 11:35pm back to the hotel.” 

It was not possible to get an official comment from the Police immediately. Calls to the Minister of Police, Tialavea TIonisio Hunt and Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, were not answered. 

The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, also did not respond immediately.

But Police officers at the scene told the Samoa Observer that the man has now been transferred to the Faleolo Clinic.

They said the Police are looking for the taxi with license plate T2500. 


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