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COVID-19-free Tonga turned away a plane loaded with tsunami disaster aid after someone on board tested positive for the virus

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  • Tonga denied entry to a plane carrying disaster relief aid from Australia after someone on board tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The tsunami-ravaged Pacific nation is one of only a few that are fully free of COVID-19.
  • The assistance items on board the plane were transferred to another flight that took out on Friday.

TONGA – The plane was forced to turn back in mid-flight on Thursday due to a positive COVID-19 case on board the plane, which was heading for the Pacific nation in the aftermath of Saturday’s volcano eruption and tsunami, which devastated the country.

After initial antigen tests, all crew members tested negative for the coronavirus, but a PCR test revealed a positive result for one crew member while the jet was in flight, according to an Australian defense spokeswoman.

The eruption of the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai on Saturday resulted in the production of a tsunami that slammed against the island.

Officials in Tongan have verified at least three deaths as a result of the incident.

According to the news agency, the assistance supplies on board the plane were transferred to another flight that left on Friday.

Tonga’s lack of COVID-19 has necessitated contactless aid delivery to the island nation of around 105,000 people in order to keep the coronavirus at bay.

On Thursday, first aid flights carrying supplies and disaster relief from Australia and New Zealand landed in the country.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, a New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 liters of water and desalination equipment arrived in Tonga on Friday.

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