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Apia, SAMOA — A 70-year-old man is Samoa’s second suspected case of COVID-19, the Director-General of Health in Samoa, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed at a press conference on Friday in Samoa. Naseri said the man was now in isolation at Motootua hospital — as was his wife, who had tested negative...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Education Department (ASDOE) has yet to receive the “bulk order” of equipment including laptops and iPads that were to assist students with virtual learning, to comply with COVID-19 learning protocols, when the new school year 2020/2021 began on Aug. 31st....
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Apia, SAMOA — Apia media is reporting the Samoan Government has cancelled the repatriation flight from the United States that was supposed to arrive this weekend, 28 November with 290 passengers as the health risk maybe too high to take. The Prime Minister made the announcement yesterday afternoon...
 PM Tuila'epa, (left), Director of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri and Interim Chair of the NEOC, Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo.
Apia, SAMOA — More blood tests and samples from a Samoan sailor, who produced conflicting Covid tests last week, are being sent for further examination in New Zealand. This comes after sample results already sent to Wellington did not shed any more light on his status. The samples, one of which was...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is encouraged by a bipartisan congressional update provided Thursday by doctors and scientists involved in coordinating development efforts. She will continue to urge federal authorities to take into account the territories’ unique status in their...
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Apia, SAMOA — People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival. The 300 passengers scheduled to return on Friday will be spend 21 days rather than the usual 14 days in such conditions. The Ministry of...
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Apia, SAMOA —  A specimen from the COVID 19 potential case in Samoa that was sent to New Zealand for further confirmation has been received by the New Zealand authorities. This was confirmed by the ESR Laboratory in Wellington. The test results are expected to be released once we receive advice...
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Apia, SAMOA — As two companies announce COVID-19 vaccines with effectiveness rates above 90 per the World Health Organisation warns it is too soon to say when they might reach Samoa’s shores. Two American companies in as many weeks have announced vaccines currently in their testing phase have...
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Honolulu, HAWAII — As the first COVID-19 vaccine inches closer to federal approval, Hawaii health officials continue to make preparations for shipments expected to arrive as early as next month. If the federal government approves a vaccine for emergency use, Hawaii could start vaccinating some...
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...

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