Covid-19 community transmission

203 new community cases in Samoa

The total number of community cases is now 2,279.

There are 1,517 active cases while 761 people are confirmed to have fully recovered.

A total of 22,904 RATs have been administered by the Ministry of Health to date.

Nine people are currently being isolated at the Motootua National Hospital.

There were new Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the 24-hour period to 2pm yesterday.


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More women test Covid positive in Samoa

The other 42 per cent of community cases are men.

In its report released yesterday, the ministry confirmed 182 new community cases as at 2pm (Sunday).

The total number of community cases recorded since 17 March 2022 now stands at 1,239 of which 1,200 are active community cases.

The other 48 are border cases.

Three cases are in the isolation ward at the Tupua Tamesese Meaole Hospital.

Approximately 97 percent of community cases are confirmed in Upolu with the remaining 3 percent of total cases in Savaii.

Doctor believes Covid-19 may have been circulating in the community long before detection

Toleafoa Dr. Viali Lameko has told the Samoa Observer coronavirus had circulating long before it was detected and he's concerned about the elderly, people with pre-existing health conditions and children under five catching the virus.

Toleafoa said the incubation period for Covid-19 - between exposure and symptoms appearing - is between five and six days and the most infectious time is one to two days before and two to three days after the symptoms start.

American Samoans in 'disbelief' over community Covid-19 cases

A health worker contracted Covid-19 and then infected his family who are based in Leone who attended several gatherings over the weekend including church.

American Samoa is in Code Red - meaning people must stay home, be vaccinated, wear masks and only essential services are open.

RNZ Pacific Correspondent in Monica Miller said there was a lot of panic buying when people found out Monday night.