Covid-19: Samoa sees increase in positive cases

The number of active cases in Samoa has increased to triple digits in just three days.

There are 95 new cases of Covid-19 to report in Samoa today since the first case of community transmission on March 17.

This brings the total number of active cases to 111 with 110 cases confirmed in Upolu according to a Samoan government statement.

Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa addressed the country late Thursday evening to report a case of Covid-19 in the community.

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Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa addressed the country late Thursday evening to report a case of Covid-19 in the community.

Meanwhile, Savaii Island has recorded its first positive case – a student from the National University of Samoa. the Samoa Observer reports that relatives confirmed the student had tested positive and would be asymptomatic.

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The new community cases registered represent 95 of the total number of cases, compared to 15 people in quarantine since the New Zealand flight earlier this month, according to a statement from the Samoan government.

The statement also indicates that no active cases have been registered for the islands of Manono and Apolima at the time of the report.

The country has now entered a tier three lockdown with exemptions on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, where the public is allowed to use essential services from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday was also declared a complete shutdown, where all forms of commerce and services, including church, are prohibited.

In Tier Three, schools and nightclubs are also closed while in-person religious services are suspended according to the Samoa Observer.

Travelers from Samoa to New Zealand on four specific flights over the next few weeks will receive test kits on arrival and must now complete two rapid antigen tests after arrival. The first on the first day within 36 hours of arrival, and the second on the fifth or sixth day between 120 and 144 hours after arrival, according to the Ministry of Health.

People entering New Zealand from Samoa are still eligible to enter without quarantining, provided people on all four flights undergo both tests and report their results either through an automated email survey or by calling 0800 432 010.

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