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Samoan leader appeals for calm after first positive COVID test

The prime minister said the Cabinet would meet Thursday to decide on any changes to the current virus settings, the Observer reported. Samoa is home to about 200,000 people.


Vanuatu reported its first COVID-19 case on Tuesday. The positive test was recorded in an asymptomatic 23-year-old citizen who returned to the nation from a “higher-risk location” in the United States, the country’s Health Ministry reported.

He was seated separately at the back of the plane and was screened, transported separately from other arriving passengers and didn’t share quarantine accommodation with anyone out of caution, it said.

There are few remaining places in the world that haven’t reported positive COVID-19 cases, according to the World Health Organisation in its “Situation by Country, Territory & Area” table on its website. They are almost all remote locations, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, and Tonga.

Fiji has recorded 30 cases and two deaths, Timor-Leste has had 30 cases and no deaths, while the Solomon Islands had 16 cases and also no deaths from coronavirus.

There are more than 56 million cases worldwide, including more than 11.5 million in the US, the most of any country, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

AP, USA Today

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