Australia has so far Donated 214,000 RAT Tests to Support Samoa’s Covid-19 Response

Samoa’s development partners continue to support Samoa’s Covid-19 response, and part of that support has been the supply of RAT tests by literally hundreds of thousands. Last week saw the arrival of 128,000 Australian-funded Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) into Samoa. This, in addition to the 86,000 RATs previously supplied in April this year, took the total RATs delivered by Australia to 214,000.
The Australian High Commission of Samoa states that last week Australia delivered 128,000 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to the Ministry of Health MOH to support Samoa’s COVID-19 testing capacity.
“Australia is committed to supporting the Government of Samoa’s COVID-19 response as we continue to face the pandemic together.”

Samoa will extend it’s Alert Level 1 State of Emergency status for a further four weeks to 26 July 2022.

This was announced in a press statement issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Tuala Tevaga Ponifasio, also Acting Prime Minister until Prime Minister Fiame returns from overseas travels and CHOGM 2022.

The latest statistics from the Ministry of Health showed a downward trend in new infectious, as reported in the latest situational report, the number of infected people for both community and border has reached 15k.

On June, 20th 2022, regrettably, a one year old female died from complications relating to COVID 19. She is the country’s first baby to die from the virus, taking the cumulative number of deaths to 29.