A total of 220 new community COVID cases, bringing total to 467


A total of 220 new community cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of community cases detected since 17th March 2022 to 467.

The Government in its latest statement issued at 2 am says the 454 cases confirmed in Upolu and 13 active cases in Savaii.

“There are still no active cases recorded for the islands of Manono and Apolima as of the time of the report.”

Yesterday Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa announced the extension of  Alert level 3 lockdown for another two weeks, due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 in the community.

However, it is clinically proven, that promoting the practices of simple protective behaviors that can reduce risk to ourselves, our friends, and families; such as staying home, reducing contact, and adhering to the preventative health measures will help reduce new infections, and subsequently contain community transmission.”

The statement says that a total of 3,313 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) was administered from Monday, 21 March to Tuesday, 22 March.

“Of this total 2,507 were administered in Upolu and 806 in Savaii. “Overall, 11,588 RATs have been conducted to date since the 17th March 2022.

“According to the Ministry of Health, age groups between 15 to 19 years and 25 to 29 years of age recorded the highest percentages of positive cases.”