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COVID-19 pandemic

Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea
Apia, SAMOA — A senior doctor has revealed that Samoa’s first and so far only official case of Covid-19 who arrived into Samoa with his mother as repatriated citizens in February 2021, had actually travelled from Samoa to the US just two months prior, in December 2020. The Clinical Director of the...
Feo Lagafuaina (left) and Veronica Vaouli-Gasio (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To keep the momentum going and to ensure that all local residents stranded in the US are able to return home, Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa’s local members, along with family members, friends, supporters and repatriated passengers — returned last Friday...
Social Security logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Offices of the US Social Security Administration, across the country and in American Samoa will remain closed to in-person service, heading into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic as the federal agency continues with current safety measures outlined under its COVID...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Coronavirus-free American Samoa continues under Code-Blue, while public gatherings, “except for religious services”, remain prohibited between 12 midnight and 5a.m., according to Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga’s new COVID-19 declaration, dated Mar. 19th, and...
Judith Collins
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and Nationals Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.  National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free...
Samoa Central Bank
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's economy collapsed by 8.6 percent in the 12 months to the end of September 2020. The loss in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was heavily impacted by a complete loss of income to the country's tourism sector. The latest economic update from the Central Bank of Samoa shows Samoa's...
Lt. Governor Talauega, pictured here with Gov. Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale in two press statement’s released late Friday announced that the final COVID test for all 159 passengers on the first repatriation test flight came out NEGATIVE and the admin released new rules for...
3 Representatives during yesterday’s hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives is calling out to the American Samoa Government COVID-19 Task Force to hold another island wide exercise to test the territory’s readiness for the repatriation flight next week, Monday, Feb. 1st. Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr made this request...
Olafou Laolagi and his wife, Onolina along with two of their children
Olafou Laolagi and his wife, Onolina along with their children — the couple and two of their four children are finally going home to American Samoa. A year ago, the couple flew from Pago Pago to Utah so that she could give birth to their fourth child. They left two of their children in Am Samoa...
Cartoon of Trump drinking from a bottle
Queensland, AUSTRALIA — Prior to this pandemic, there has been a long-held view in these same countries that only fragile states and low-income countries will fail during a pandemic, and would need benevolent assistance from high-income countries. This is best reflected in the 2019 Global Health...

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