State of Emergency Extends for 2 More Weeks to 29 December 2019

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Government has confirmed following a Cabinet meeting this afternoon that the State of Emergency declaration for Samoa is extended for two weeks to the 29th of December 2019.

The Prime Minister said in a live feed on Government media that the 2 week extension allows for monitoring and extra precaution following the 2-day mass vaccination campaign, especially since the vaccine does not taking effect immediately.

“O lea faaiuga ua faavae i luga o talatalanoaga ma taitaifono o le tatou komiti o faalavelave matuia, i le agaaga lava e faataua le tatou polokalame faaauau pea mo le puipuiga”.

The State of Emergency Orders prohibiting all persons under 19 to attend a public gathering has been amended to children under 14 years of age.

The Prime Minister added that the 8-9 percent of those not yet vaccinated amounts to 16 thousand people, and Government calls for Village Councils Alii ma Faipule to asssist by encouraging all members and individuals to come forward and be vaccinated.

“E ui ina faapea pe a ma le 92 pasene lea ua ausia o le faitauaofai o tagata e tatau ona tui ae o le 8 pe 9 pasene lea e totoe e tusa ma le 16,000 o tagata ia e totoe e atoa ai le 100%”

The Prime Minister stated that amended State of Emergency Orders would be issued later this evening.