Samoa Declares a Week of Fasting and Praying as Coronavirus Spreads to the Pacific



Samoa has declared a week of fasting and praying as part of its State of Emergency Orders issued late Friday evening.
Signed by the Head of State of Samoa, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II on advice of Cabinet, the first order was in relation to a national week of fasting and prayer for all of Samoa.
All public gatherings including church services are prohibited for 14 days, however the Orders require all families to participate in fasting and praying.
“A national period of fasting and prayer is to be observed by every family in Samoa from Sunday 22 March 2020 until Saturday 29 March 2020 from 6.00am – 12.00pm daily”.
Samoa lost over 100 lives mostly babies under the age of 12 months during a measles epidemic last year and it’s Ministry of Health has been taking strict travel restriction measures to protect its borders since the coronavirus outbreak.
Now in an elevated pandemic state across the globe, Samoa continues to take necessary precautionary measures as it braces itself for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fiji announced its first case in Lautoka yesterday and New Zealand now has 39 confirmed cases with 11 new cases announced on Friday 20th March.
Samoa is a nation founded on God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are at least 3 and up to 7 church denominations in each of its 200 plus villages.

Sina Retzlaff