Samoa Records Two More Covid-Related Deaths and 1,154 New Community Cases in Four-Day Reporting Cycle

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A Covid-19 rapid antigen test kit for self-testing shows a positive result. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Tuesday 19 April 2022 Apia Samoa MOH Covid Update. Over four days between Tuesday 12th April and Saturday 16th April Samoa’s Ministry of Health reports two new deaths and 1,154 new community cases.

An elderly man and an elderly woman both died between 2pm Wednesday and 2pm Thursday last week. Samoa’s total number of Covid-19 related deaths is twelve as at last Saturday.

“The deceased were an 80 year old female and an 86 year old male. Out of respect for the families and relatives, we will not be making any further comments”, reads the press statement.

Also as at last Saturday, there were 14 cases in managed isolation and 3 critical cases in Motootua National Hospital’s ICU including the 14-month old baby girl who has been taken off ventilator support.

Last week the Director General of Health said the public would no longer be receiving daily reports on the pandemic quoting a lack of human resources and difficulties in verification of data. This recording period for the latest report issued Monday 18th April 2022 spans a four-day cycle from 2:00pm 12th April to 2:00pm 16th April, 2022, issued Monday 18th April.

The public is again urged to get vaccinated as vaccination remains the best defense against COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping our families and loved ones safe is everyone’s responsibility. Please stay home and isolate if you are feeling unwell and practice safe personal hygiene at all times. All are required to wear face masks and keep to the 2 meter social distancing in public places.

The latest “Covid-19 Situational Summary” prepared by the Ministry of Health is provided in the table below: