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Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and until 1997 known as Western Samoa, is a Polynesian island country consisting of two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, two smaller inhabited islands, Manono and Apolima, as well as several small uninhabited islands including the Aleipata Islands. The capital city is Apia. The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan Islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a Samoan language and Samoan cultural identity.
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Samoa lengthens quarantine period to three weeksBy RNZ People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival.The 300 passengers scheduled to return on Friday..
Covid 19 coronavirus: Confusion in Samoa over recently-announced caseBy RNZ There's confusion in Samoa this morning over whether the country has its first case of Covid-19 or not. TO READ THE HERALD'S FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE CLICK HERE The man in question arrived in..
Covid 19 coronavirus: Samoa looks to change 14-day quarantine to 21 daysSamoa is to change the mandatory 14-day quarantine period to 21 days for anyone returning to the country in a continued bid to keep Covid-19 off the island nation. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele..
Covid 19 coronavirus: Samoa halts all international flights after NZ outbreakBy RNZ All international air travel to and from Samoa has been temporarily suspended, effective immediately.The amendment to the State of Emergency includes repatriation flights and coincides with the..
England to start against Samoa at 2021 Rugby League World CupThe men's 2021 Rugby League World Cup will kick off with hosts England against Samoa at Newcastle's St James' Park.
Mose Masoe: Expecting third child means 'no dwelling on the negatives' after spinal injuryFormer Hull KR and Samoa prop Mose Masoe says the upcoming birth of his third child has boosted his recovery from a spinal injury.
Samoa faces coronavirus threat after recovering from deadly measles outbreakJust a few months ago, the Pacific island nation of Samoa was in the grip of a deadly measles epidemic.
Hull KR and Samoa forward Masoe's spinal injury 'career-ending'Hull KR forward Mose Masoe's serious spinal injury is "career-ending", head coach Tony Smith confirms.
Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw: England drawn with Samoa, France and GreeceHosts England will face Samoa, France and Greece in the group stage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Child treated for measles in Papua New Guinea, amid fears of Pacific-wide threatA baby boy is in a Papua New Guinea hospital with measles after Samoa faced its own measles outbreak.
Samoa lifts state of emergency over measles epidemicGlobally, measles cases are on the rise - including in the US and Germany - as parents forego life-saving vaccines because of false, repeatedly debunked theories linking childhood immunisation with...
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We gave up Christmas to fight measles in SamoaBritish doctors and nurses are battling to save children's lives from measles on Christmas Day.
Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaignThe South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700)..
Decorated with butterflies, infant-sized coffins sent to measles-ravaged SamoaVolunteers in the New Zealand city of Rotorua are preparing two dozen white-lined coffins to be transported to Samoa at the end of the week as the measles-ravaged Pacific island nation languishes under..
Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreakSamoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.
Samoa arrests vaccination critic amid deadly measles crisisSamoa's deadly measles crisis is in part blamed on people spreading false information online.
Deadly measles epidemic shuts down SamoaSamoa entered a two-day lockdown Thursday to carry out an unprecedented mass vaccination drive aimed at containing a devastating measles epidemic that has killed dozens of children in the Pacific..
Samoa fights measles door-to-door in battle on anti-vaccination messagesSamoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated..
Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of..
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Samoa measles: Unvaccinated families told to hang red flag on doorThe Pacific nation declares a state of emergency as 60 people die of measles.
Red Flags to Fly Above Homes of Unvaccinated in Samoa As Government Shuts Down and Measles Death Toll RisesOfficials in Samoa have asked families unvaccinated against measles to put a red flag outside their homes, as part of an immunization program to tackle an outbreak that has already claimed the lives of..
‘New normal’: How a more robust, globalised anti-vax movement targeted SamoaAnti-vaxxers are using “predatory” tactics to seize on community distrust in health services and the result is children are dying from an entirely preventable disease.
Samoa shuts down government to focus on 'cruel reality' of deadly measles outbreakThe government will shut down for two days so public servants can assist with a mass measles vaccination campaign.
How a wrong injection helped cause Samoa's measles epidemicTwo babies died after being given a wrongly-mixed vaccination - and the effects are still being felt.
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Samoa measles deaths rise above 50, mostly small childrenThe death toll from a measles outbreak in Samoa climbed to 53, the government said on Monday, as the number of people infected in the small Pacific nation grows by more than a hundred a day.
Samoa measles deaths: ‘Huge outbreak’ kills 39 amid anti-vax surgeA measles outbreak has killed 39 people in Samoa and the number of cases being recorded is rising due to the rise of anti-vaccine message, says the World Health Organisation. The Samoan government..
Samoa measles epidemic: Authorities forced to destroy vaccines as death toll hits 32More than 60 measles vaccines that were not properly refrigerated by a Samoan clinic have been thrown out as the death toll from the preventable disease continues to climb.
Death toll soars in measles outbreak in SamoaAll but one of the dead have been young children; American Samoa is taking special steps to protect people there from the epidemic hitting its neighbor
Samoa measles epidemic kills 20Deaths related to measles have risen to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said, eight days after declaring a state of...
Samoa measles outbreak worsens with death toll reaching 22Close to 2,000 people are infected in the Pacific nation, which has declared a state of emergency.
Australia aids Samoa with measles outbreakAustralian doctors, nurses and health experts are in Samoa helping with a measles outbreak which has affected more than 1170 people.
Vaccine refusals drive measles emergency in SamoaHealth officials in Samoa say low immunisation coverage – driven by parents refusing to vaccinate their children – is fuelling a measles outbreak that has killed at least 15 people and forced the..
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Magnitude 5.9 quake off Apia, Samoa, no reports of damageA magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck around 250 km (150 miles) south-southwest of Apia, Samoa, on Friday, but local workers said there had so far been little impact.
Ireland centre Aki's World Cup ended by three-game banIreland centre Bundee Aki's World Cup is over after he is handed a three-match ban following his red card against Samoa.
Ireland crush Samoa 47-5 to enter Rugby World quarter-finalsIreland crushed Samoa 47-5 despite playing more than half the contest with 14 men on Saturday night to secure its Rugby World Cup quarterfinals spot.
Ireland thrash Samoa to reach World Cup last eightIreland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Samoa 47-5 in their Pool A match in Fukuoka.
Japan 38-19 Samoa: Hosts close to qualification for World Cup quarter-finalsHosts Japan move closer to their first World Cup quarter-final with a bonus-point victory over Samoa at the City of Tokyo Stadium in Pool A.
Scots showed 'true picture' in Samoa win, says TownsendScotland showed "a true picture" of themselves in the defeat of Samoa in their second World Cup pool match, says Gregor Townsend.
Scots beat Samoa to revive World Cup hopesScotland ease to a bonus-point victory over Samoa to revive their hopes of progressing from World Cup Pool A.
'Scotland must either front up or get ready to go home from World Cup'Gregor Townsend and Scotland face a "monumental" moment as they prepare to play Samoa in the Rugby World Cup, suggests BBC Scotland's chief sportswriter Tom English.
Scotland make five changes for must-win match against SamoaScotland make five changes for Monday's must-win World Cup meeting with Samoa, with a completely reshaped back-row.
Russia 9-34 Samoa: Strong second half sees Samoa clinch bonus-point winSamoa recover from a half-time deficit and going down to 13 men to beat a spirited Russian side in their opening World Cup game.
David Pocock set to retire from test rugby after World CupDavid Pocock will retire from test rugby after the World Cup in Japan, ending an 11-year career for the Wallabies in which he starred on the field but also became respected as much off it for leading..
Judo helps Japan get to grips with China's expansion in PacificIn a large church hall near the Samoan parliament, 175-kg (386-lb) judo practitioner Derek Sua is being thrown to the mat by his Japanese coach, a black-belt who is just a third his size.