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COVID-19 pandemic

OIA Director Nikolao Pula with Governor Lolo Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has not yet made a decision on a repatriation flight for next month, to bring home the estimated 600 local residents stranded across the U.S.,  he has asked the ASG Coronavirus Task Force “to look at December as the possible month to begin...
Hawaiian Airlines plane on HNL Reef Runway
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago are suspended for an additional 30-days, through Dec. 30th, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s coronavirus Tenth Amended Declaration, which is effective Nov. 1st to Nov. 30th, as American Samoa — without a...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has announced it is extending the state of emergency orders on the coronavirus pandemic, effectively pushing the restrictions into its eighth month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi, made the announcement during his weekly TV3Samoa briefing Wednesday...
Ladies who were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders”
These ladies were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders” at Utulei Friday morning. As of Friday, there has been no word on a repatriation flight, as the governor remains concerned with the continuing increase in the number of coronavirus cases in...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA, which was scheduled for Oct. 9, 2020 is now pushed back by the court to Apr. 5, 2021 due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lefatia, who is out on bond appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this...
Polling station layout for upcoming 2020 General Election.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Social-distancing — complying with restrictions under the governor’s COVID-19 declaration — will be enforced at the polling stations during the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, according to Election Office deputy director Fiti Tavai, during last week’s cabinet meeting at...
To the lead physician(s) and Task Force who are to be blamed: THE HUNDREDS, YES, count them, HUNDREDS, of American Samoa residents are stranded across America imploring their government Not to Open Borders, but only for safe repatriation back home, as well as allow U.S. residents stuck on island to...
American Samoa Election Office
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than 250 requests for COVID-19 absentee ballots for local active voters stranded off island due to border closures have been received by the Election Office, which has already sent out the ballots, as preparations are well underway for the Nov. 3, 2020 general...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has urged local families to stop telling false stories about pandemic hardships to families overseas in order to get money. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's comments came after the government decided to halt all international flights because of the Covid-19...
Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA — With countries in lockdown due to Covid-19 and strict travel restrictions in place across the Pacific, the reigning Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, has confirmed that she will continue her reign for a second term. This is the first time in the...

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