Ravaged Samoa last month
Samoa confirms that 20 persons, all but one under the age of four, have died of measles, and 11 more are in critical condition. Authorities recorded 1,644 cases since the outbreak began last month.
Six travelers from China are denied entry and turned away from Samoa following the island country's introduction of a ban on all travelers from China. They later arrive in Fiji, where they are quarantined with no symptoms. These strict regulations come after a measles outbreak ravaged Samoa last month.
The United Nations blames anti-vaccination messages for the current outbreak of measles in the Pacific island nation, where the death toll has risen to 39 and is expected to rise as 200 are reported hospitalised, according to the World Health Organization. Total cases now soar to near 3,000.
Fijian Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete warns that police will be deployed to areas under quarantine if people continue not to respect the order to stay at home if they have measles, amid an ongoing outbreak of the illness in various Pacific island nations.
Tonga and Fiji declare a state of emergency as part of an ongoing measles outbreak. Conditions worsen in Samoa where the death toll continues to rise and schools remain closed. There are 1,797 confirmed cases as of Saturday, with 153 detected on Friday alone.
Cyclone Evan bears down on Fiji, disrupting international flights after leaving at least 4 people dead in Samoa with 8 others missing. [http:--www.sbs.com.au-news-article-1720883-Cyclone-bears-down-on-Fiji (AAP via SBS News)] [http:--nz.news.yahoo.com-a---world-15647742-fears-of-catastrophic-damage-as-cyclone-nears-fiji- (AFP via Yahoo News)]date=April 2020