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Samoa records first Covid-related death

Thursday 31 March 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

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Samoa records first Covid-related death
(File photo) Covid-19 vaccinations being given in Samoa. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Samoa has recorded its first Covid-19 related death.

The Ministry of Health confirmed a 67-year-old with multiple ailments died shortly after he was admitted to the Lalomanu District hospital on Upolu Island on Wednesday.

The death comes 13 days after the first community transmission case was detected.

The ministry said 172 new cases had been reported as of Thursday afternoon.

This brings the number of community cases recorded since March 17 to 1831 of which 1408 are active community cases.

Ministry data shows that 101 children under five have tested positive but the prevalence of infections is significantly higher among those aged from 15 to 35 and steadily increasing.

The ministry confirmed 20,643 rapid antigent tests had been administered since the first case was detected.

About 97 percent of community cases are in Upolu with the remaining 3 percent in Savaii.

There are no community cases recorded for the islands of Manono and Apolima Tai.