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Samoa still opening as FSM deals with COVID

Samoa looks to be on track to stick to its August target to open its borders for international travel despite a surge in COVID numbers.

As per its plans to move in that direction, Samoa’s State of Emergency and Alert Level One lockdown conditions will be lifted on July 26.

Chairman of the National Emergency and Operations Centre, Shem Leo and the Ministry of Health’s acting chief executive officer Dr Robert Thompson in a national update said 60 new cases were recorded in the last 48 hours.

A flight in early July from Australia and Fiji resulted in five new cases bringing the border cases to 155.

Since the outbreak in March, Samoa’s Ministry of Health recorded 294 Covid-19 admissions at the hospitals and the death toll remained at 29.

Samoa looks to be on track to stick to its August target to open its borders for international travel despite a surge in COVID numbers. Picture : Samoa Airways

Dr Thompson said the opening of borders was based on a solid and high vaccination rate and the Ministry was continuing the Pfizer vaccinations for the first, second and booster doses.

Samoa has been able to achieve a 93 per cent full vaccination from people over the age of 18, a 94 per cent vaccination rate has been achieved for children between the ages of 17 years and 12 and a similar rate for children between 11 years and five.

According to Dr Thompson, there are enough vaccines for adults for COVID-19 and another lot of vaccines for children aged 5-11 years old arrived last week.

“Currently, the Ministry of Health is awaiting an official response from WHO on examinations on vaccines eligible for children aged 4 years old and younger,” he added.

“Hopefully by the end of the year, a vaccine will be made available for children aged 4 years old.”

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Federated States of Micronesia has lost its status as one of the few COVID-free countries, after confirming community cases on two islands.

Apart from a few isolated border cases in managed quarantine, FSM had remained free of coronavirus until two students tested positive after arriving on the island of Kosrae from Pohnpei.

After this ten more positive results were confirmed among 11 family members of the two initial cases.

A statement from the office of President David Panuelo on Tuesday said Micronesia faced a rapidly evolving situation and confirmed dozens of extra cases on both Kosrae and Pohnpei.

President of the Federated States of Micronesia David Panuelo. FSM has lost its status as one of the few COVID-free countries, after confirming community cases on two islands. Picture : Fijian Government

The local health authority has discouraged public gatherings and advised people to use face masks at all times, but has said all public services will remain open.

The spread of coronavirus across Micronesia means the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu are believed to be the last two Pacific nations free of COVID-19.

FSM plans to lift border restrictions from August 1, but visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

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