“The Samoa government has cut the number of weekly international flights from New Zealand in reaction to its first case of Covid-19.
“On Friday, a New Zealander, in the 60s, tested positive for the coronavirus in Auckland after returning from Iran.
“Samoa's government said New Zealand's first case of the virus had elevated the risk of it entering Samoa from high to very high.
“As a result, it said from 12AM on Monday 2 March, Samoa Airways would only provide three flights each week from New Zealand, instead of the usual five.
“Air New Zealand would also reduce its flights to Samoa from six each week to three, the government said.
“All travellers from New Zealand are now required to undergo a medical examination within three days before departure..
“They must present a medical clearance report when checking-in for Samoa bound flights before receiving a boarding pass.
“The Samoa government said the impact of the corona virus on Samoa's population would be catastrophic.”
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