COVID-19 State of Emergency Extended for Another Four Weeks

Lagi Keresoma

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An aerial view of the National Hospital, Moto’otua with the iconic Mount Vaea in the background. PHOTO: Lance Polu

 

By Lagi Keresoma

 

APIA, SAMOA – 03 APRIL 2020: The State of Emergency in response to the Coronavirus pandemic has been extended for four more weeks when the original two week order expires Saturday 4 April 2020.

The extension was signed into law this evening by His Highness the Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, after consultation with Cabinet.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said Cabinet is “satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the health, security and economic life of Samoa is threatened by a catastrophe.”

The decision was taken after meeting with the National Emergency Operational Centre (NEOC) and members of the National Council of Churches.

Tuilaepa emphasize the stance by the health officials on safety and protection as their ultimate goal.

“Health is the main concern but Government has a broader vision and we look at the bigger picture,” he said.

He made reference people whose jobs are affected, impact on the economy church services on hold as well as social gatherings due to the State Of Emergency.

However, it comes down to safety and protection of the people hence the extension to four weeks.

The extension comes into force in Samoa from 12 midnight 5th April 2020 until 12 midnight of 02 May 2020.

All Emergency Orders issued on 30 March 2020 under the previous Proclamation of the State of Emergency 21 March to 4 April 2020 are still in force until and unless revised or revoked.