342 new community cases, 3 border cases in Samoa

This brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases to 3,602 recorded since 17 March 2022 not including the 63 border related cases.

Three critical cases are in ICU while seven are in managed isolation at the National Hospital.

A one-year-old baby girl is fighting for her life and is currently in an induced coma with severe pneumonia as a result of Covid-19.

RNZ Pacific reports Papalii Dr Tito Kamu has confirmed they are speaking with a paediatrician in New Zealand on how to assist the child.

Victoria records 11 new local COVID-19 cases

It takes the state's current outbreak to about 80.

The results were detected among 24,265 tests received on Sunday, and there were 17,719 vaccine doses administered at state-run sites.

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng yesterday said the state was running "neck and neck" with the outbreak when it came to managing the "downstream" risks of positive cases emerging from already identified exposure sites and chains of transmission.

School using fresh food to change lives

Sunset State School in Mount Isa offers students breakfast, morning tea, and lunch free of charge — something teachers say is helping the entire community.

"It's available to everyone that comes here — any families, any children, any background," said principal Bryon Burke.

"We believe it's highly beneficial for our school and our kids, and certainly that's what the data is telling us."

Attendance rates improve

The index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) ranks schools according to their level of educational advantage.

People’s love for rugby is beyond expectation

When there is no proper seats, no proper fencing and field boundaries but the people’s love for the footy goes beyond expectation.

Today, hundreds of people surrounded the Sogeri Rugby League field to witness the A grade Grand final match of the Eda Ranu Koiari Rugby League competition.

Surrounding villagers as far as from the inland Kokoda and the Owen stanley range walked to the station to watch and support their local village teams.

Families and relatives including fans cheer, support and danced with pride and enthusiasm around the field.