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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Almost 90 percent of eligible Samoans have been vaccinated against measles, with a two-day curfew lifted following an outbreak that has recently killed 65 people

    Almost 90 percent of eligible Samoans have been vaccinated against measles, with a two-day curfew lifted following an outbreak that has recently killed 65 people


    There were, however, 103 new cases of measles reported since yesterday.

    The virus has infected almost 4,500 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 percent of the population, tripling Samoa's coverage.

    The government said a rate of 89 percent had been achieved as of yesterday.

    © 2020 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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