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COVID-19

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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Education Department (ASDOE) invites public input in the development of its American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) plan for the safe return of in-person instruction. “We need your feedback,” said ASDOE in a public...
Some members of the COVID-19 task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG Coronavirus Task Force expects that by August Hawaiian Airlines will resume its commercial reservations and bookings as was the process pre-COVID. The frequency of commercial Hawaiian Air flights has yet to be determined and is contingent upon the success of...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The state is set to hit a new benchmark on Thursday, allowing people vaccinated on the mainland to fly in without testing or quarantining. It’s the latest stage of the state’s Safe Travels Program as Hawaii continues to see a flood of tourists from the continent. Those vaccinated...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
Cases of water on a dolly
Honolulu, HAWAII — Seven repatriation flights later and the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center, under the leadership of Mrs. Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata (in green in background), is still going strong in its donations toward American Samoa’s repatriation quarantine at the Ohana Waikiki Hotel in...
Highlands women dressed in long black robes attending a funeral
Port Moresby PNG — Unexplained deaths spark sorcery claims, torture and murder, as fears build of a COVID-19 'time bomb' in Papua New Guinea. (WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.) When a young boy died suddenly in Tatape Village in Papua New Guinea's (...

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