ILI cases exceeded double the average two weeks


The influenza-like illness (ILI) cases exceeded double the average two weeks from  9th to the 17 of September, and between the 18th and the 24 had 733 cases and 856, respectively. 

This is according to the latest data the Ministry of Health released in its Syndromic Surveillance & COVID-19 Update report. 

Also, cases have exceeded double the average in the previous two weeks, and despite this, the Ministry says the cases reported are well below the threshold.

The Ministry of Health still highly recommends the general public to continue the practice of preventative measures such as – wearing masks, especially when coughing and runny nose, hand hygiene, and avoiding large gatherings without masks.

If you are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, please see a nurse or doctor, stay home, and take medications as prescribed.

Regarding severe acute respiratory infection, the Ministry recorded 7 from 9 previously. 

The SARI cases reported have been investigated, and no known links were identified. Therefore, it does not meet the definition exceeding the threshold. The public is strongly advised to continue to practice preventative measures.

According to the Health report, there was no record of a coronavirus infection in the last two weeks. 

The cumulative number of Covid-19 positive cases was recorded at 16,778 both community and border. Furthermore, there has been a total of 31 COVID-19-related deaths recorded in Samoa since the first community infection was recorded in the country last March.