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COVID-19

Shoppers lineup in Auckland at beginning of lockdown
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government took drastic action Tuesday by putting the entire nation into a strict lockdown for at least three days after finding a single case of coronavirus infection in the community. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern invoked some of the stirring rhetoric...
Fiafia Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Inbound travelers to American Samoa are required to register to enter the territory at an online travel program approved by the American Samoa COVID-Task Force, Health Department and the Department of Legal Affairs, according to an added provision to the new COVID-19...
Pago Pago International Airport sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Port Administration has imposed restrictions for the Pago Pago International Airport terminal, effective Aug. 5th, saying that the new restrictions meet the department’s health and safety measures and U.S Transportation Security Administration regulations for the...
Nurse giving man a vaccination in the Public Health van
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government is launching a country-wide door-to-door mass vaccination campaign for Covid-19 today. The initiative was announced in public notices yesterday by the Ministry of Health. Families with members who have not been immunized are being asked to tie any red colored...
DOH Vaccination Team along with some of the village residents
This photo posted on the Health Department Facebook page shows a DOH Vaccination Team and some village residents during the COVID-19 vaccination clinic last week in Faleasao village on Ta’u island, Manu’a, The department’s nurses on Ofu island — where the airport is closed for upgrade — accompanied...
College bound students at Pago airport
Local students heading for college in the U.S pose for a Samoa News photo at Pago Pago International Airport before boarding the medical charter flight last week Thursday to Honolulu. With the commercial flight scheduled for August now moved to September, the COVID Task Force is concerned about the...
Young woman with mask near masking sign.
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — With the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant spreading at an alarming rate, the World Health Organization in late June 2021 urged people to again wear masks indoors – even those who are fully vaccinated. And on July 15, Los Angeles County, California, announced...
Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is looking at lowering the minimum age of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said a surplus of vaccines has led the Ministry to consider a minimum age of 12 to get vaccinated. The New Zealand government has offered to supply...
Suva, FIJI — Fiji has reported a daily record 1405 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8am on Friday, health authorities said. That compares to 1220 cases and 10 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. The government also confirmed six more deaths last night, taking the death toll to 80 - 78 of...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa “has and will receive over $1.4 billion in allocated relief and stimulus funding to help keep our people safe from the negative effects of the coronavirus,” said Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga in ASG’s COVID & American Rescue Plan Act Funds...

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