Apia -- The swab samples of the 16 year old Samoan boy who previously tested positive to Covid-19 have been received from New Zealand with a positive result of the new variant.
However, the Ministry of Health assures it is not the feared contagious variant spreading in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
“This variant is common in North America and Canada,” explained General Health Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.
He said the difference between the UK variant and the North American one, is that while the other is contagious and spreads fast, the North America variant is not easily transmissible and that it is not a strain but a variant.
“If it was transmissible then the 16 year old’s mother and passengers on the flight he was on would have gotten the virus too,” said Leausa.
He explained that when the variant has a multitude of structures then it forms a new strain.
“The term strain and variant are used interchangeably to specifically identify which kind it belongs to,” he said.
There are still no symptoms to indicate the 16 year old is sick or a loss of appetite except for the fact that he is tired of being isolated.