Tonga reports more COVID-19 cases, Samoa extends lockdown for 2 weeks

SUVA, May 3 (Xinhua) — Tonga reported 174 new COVID-19 cases in recent days, while Samoa decided to extend its level two lockdown for another two weeks.

According to news website Matangi Tonga Online on Tuesday night, Tonga’s Ministry of Health confirmed that the Pacific island nation recorded 174 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total number of active cases of COVID-19 to 1217, most of which are on Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu.

The ministry also said that 9,255 people in Tonga have recovered from COVID-19 and the number of COVID-19-related deaths remains at 11.

Currently, 91 percent of Tonga’s target population over the age of 12 has received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least 98 percent have received the first dose, and 56 percent have received their booster shots. .

Tonga is still under the orange lockdown level restriction and the curfew is from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am local time.

Meanwhile, in Samoa, the cabinet has decided to extend the level two lockdown for another two weeks from midnight Tuesday until May 17.

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has announced the resumption of international flights this month, albeit restricted to Samoans traveling for various reasons and all those hired to work in the island nation.

The prime minister also said that Samoa will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers in August or September this year.

Central to the opening of the borders are the current vaccination rates, the change in quarantine requirements and the opening of the borders of Fiji, Australia and New Zealand to Samoa, he added.

In Samoa, 92.6% of people over the age of 18 have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while a total of 70,439 have received their booster shots.

Samoa now has 19 COVID-19 related deaths.

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