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Curfew lifted in Samoa after deadly measles outbreak

Almost 90 per cent of eligible Samoans have been vaccinated against measles, prompting the government to lift a two-day curfew lifted following an outbreak that has recently killed 65 people.

There were, however, 103 new cases of measles reported since Friday, Samoa’s Health Ministry said in a statement.

The virus has infected almost 4500 people in the South Pacific nation of just 200,000 since late October. Of those who died, 57 were children aged under four.

The mandatory immunisation campaign aims to vaccinate 90 per cent of the population, tripling Samoa’s coverage. The government said a rate of 89 per cent had been achieved as of Friday.

Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Apia, Samoa, in November.

Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Apia, Samoa, in November.Credit:TVNZ

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