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Leausa Dr Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Confirmation whether Samoa has a Covid-19 infection or not should be received this weekend. A Samoan sailor who returned on a repatriation flight from Auckland last week tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday night despite previously testing negative. A subsequent test also...
Graph of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases by race depicted over time.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islanders, excluding Native Hawaiians, are more than twice as likely to be killed or hospitalized by the coronavirus in Hawaii than other racial and ethnic groups after adjusting for age and gender, according to newly released data from the state Health Department. The...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's state of emergency, issued nine months ago, has been extended to 23 December after the country recorded its first positive test for Covid-19. Public concern and uncertainty swept across the country following Thursday's announcement by the government. The man was among 26...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health intends to conduct more testing of the sailor who had initially tested positive for coronavirus last night but returned a negative result this morning. He was among 26 sailors who traveled via New Zealand last Friday with more than 250 others. In announcing...
with (back row left to right) Meriuter Mauricio, Brigid Mauricio Fenderson, Maysleen Mauricio and Meulynn Mauricio Kapiriel. Diondra Kirielmo stands next to Rodrigo.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Rodrigo Mauricio knew that his wife Mary was going to die. For a decade, he had watched her diabetes worsen and her kidneys weaken. He had ushered in 2020 with her in the hospital. He had read the pamphlets from Island Hospice about what to expect when the end came. On the day...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi speaking to reporters
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Govt is planning to send to New Zealand this weekend on a cargo flight arriving Friday and returning the same day swab samples from the Samoa sailor, the first suspected COVID19 positive case in the country. While awaiting the results from New Zealand, the sailor placed...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has recorded its first positive test for Covid-19, Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi announced in a live address to the nation this morning. He confirmed one patient in a quarantine facility tested positive to the coronavirus on Wednesday night. However Tuila'epa...
Samoa coronavirus banner
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) reports the 19 staff placed under controlled isolation a week ago since the 3 reported cases in American Samoa linked to the container ship – Fesco Askold, remain under 14 days quarantine as a health precaution. They undertook COVID...
Federal District Courthouse Seattle, Washington
Seattle WASHINGTON — US District Court Judge Richard A. Jones at the federal court in Seattle yesterday sentenced 40-year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo to 27 months in prison for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and embezzlement of mail by a postal employee, according to federal prosecutors and...
Tuna in a net on deck of purse seiner
Marjuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — Tuna transshipment activity in the Marshall Islands picked up in October, but remains low compared to the past six years that saw Majuro become the world's busiest port for such transshipment. Covid-19 quarantine requirements have reduced the number of purse seine...

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