COVID-19 has arrived in the community in Niue.
The government says four people, all from the same household, are being recorded as the first community cases. In the past 24 hours, Niue health authorities report the number has increased to 19 active COVID community cases who remain in isolation.
Up until now, the country has not experienced a case of the virus in the community, while there have been just 30 cases recorded at the border.
The acting Premier and Minister of Health, Sauni Tongatule, says contact tracing began immediately after the cases were detected and all affected people are being contacted by Niue’s health officials.
Last week, Niue was able to announce that the number of workers in its COVID-19 teams had increased after assistance from a New Zealand medical team.