Samoa’s COVID-19 Virus Testing Reveals Huge Positive Numbers

The number of COVID -19 cases in Samoa has climbed to 196. This included 15 imported cases and 85 people who tested positive on Sunday. There are 192 cases reported on Upolu, four cases reported on Savai’i but no cases reported on the islands of Manono or Apolima.
22 Mar 2022 16:16
Samoa’s COVID-19 Virus Testing Reveals Huge Positive Numbers
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The number of COVID -19  cases in Samoa has climbed  to 196.

This included 15 imported  cases and 85 people who  tested positive on Sunday.

There are 192 cases reported  on Upolu, four cases reported on  Savai’i but no cases reported on  the islands of Manono or Apolima.

Eleven people are reported to be  in isolation at Moto’otua Hospital.


The first case of community transmission was identified on Thursday and since then the Ministry of Health has carried 2,207 tests at six COVID-19 screening sites in addition to tests conducted in health facilities.

The screening site at the Red Cross headquarters at Tuanaimato in Apia has so far recorded 47 per cent of the positive cases.


The prime minister has visited all district hospitals with members of Cabinet as Samoa deals with the rapid spread.

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa thanked staff urged them to reach out if they encounter any issues.

Fiame said the visit to hospitals at Lufilufi, Lalomanu, Poutasi, Sa’anapu, Faleolo and Leulumoega were to see first hand whether they are well prepared.


She said “the key word is access for the public” to local facilities so they avoid going to the national hospital in Apia “which is already congested”.



Kiribati recorded 19 new COVID- 19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive for the Omicron variant to 3,061.

The health ministry reports 2,510 people or 82 per cent of those who were infected have fully recovered.

The Government has extended its curfew by another two weeks – ending on the first of April – to reduce the spread of community transmissions.


But it said the lockdown restrictions could be further increased “should the need arise”, as authorities are anticipating a second wave of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, there have been 13 confirmed deaths due to coronavirus in Kiribati.


Cook Islands
The Cook Islands is now reporting 490 active cases of COVID-19, with 247 people having recovered.

While no one has been hospitalised to date, the Prime Minister Mark Brown said it’s vital people realise how vulnerable the country’s elderly population and the unvaccinated are.


Vanuatu has confirmed 150 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of midday on March 18.

There were 146 positive infections recorded on Efate Island and another four on Santo Island.

The health ministry said there are 649 active cases in the community, with two people hospitalised and needing medical treatment.


French Polynesia
Another 226 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in French Polynesia in the last 48-hour reporting period as the pandemic keeps easing rapidly.

The health authorities say four patients are in hospital, but none in intensive care anymore.

The number of active cases has continued to decline and is now 746.


The death toll of the pandemic is above 640, with most fatalities registered during last year’s outbreak with the Delta variant.

Vaccinations have continued and more than 80 per cent of those 12 years and older have had two jabs.


New Caledonia
New Caledonia has recorded another 66 COVID-19 cases.

The latest figure, issued last Friday, brings the total number of cases since September 59,681.

The number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients is 25, of whom three are in intensive care.

The pandemic has claimed 306 lives, all of them after the Delta variant entered the community in September.



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