First COVID-19 case fully cleared, released
The 16-year-old boy who traveled to Samoa with his mother from America and Samoa's first recorded case of COVID-19 has been fully cleared and allowed to re-enter the community.
The Ministry of Health's Director-General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, confirmed the boy's release at a press conference on Tuesday.
The teenager has been identified as Lio Vui.
In a statement released by his father, Garry Vui on social media, he confirmed his son's discharge last Saturday from home quarantine where he spent 14 days in isolation.
The young man was sent home to undergo home isolation following 22 days of managed isolation in the hospital with his mother after his COVID-19 test came back positive upon arrival.
"During the time of his isolation, Lio had no symptoms of any sort that are supposed with COVID[-19], none.... or any other illnesses," Mr. Vui wrote.
"After being [fully cleared] last Saturday, on Monday he went out to golf, his love and passion and his possible future as a golf professional, to 'practice on his own', 'away from others' and after 36 days not being able to play or practice he was obviously excited."
The Director General assured the public during the press conference that the young man no longer poses a threat to the community as he has been fully cleared.
"He never showed any signs of the virus. even throughout the whole time, he was in isolation," said Leausa.
The boy's father also expressed his disappointment at the hate commentary from the public directed at his son and wife while they were in quarantine.
"To those who ignorantly have made or will make hateful/spiteful unwarranted comments aimed at him, shame on you," he wrote in his social media post.
"We understand that everyone is concerned about getting COVID[-19], the Health Department and government are doing their best to ensure Samoa is free of [the disease...] and are doing extremely well to date.
"Unfortunately he will live out his days being supposedly the first [COVID-19 case in Samoa, that [stigma] will be with him forever.
"I know this message will fall on many deaf ears, people will continue to hate and comment negatively, sadly that is human nature, but I want to put it out there, our son IS 100 [per cent] cleared, he had no symptoms of any illness before, during and after his lockdown, was not contagious but tested positive so he was isolated."