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Govt. lifts measles travel ban for Savai’i

Children 19 years and younger are now allowed to travel between Upolu and Savai’i.

It follows Government’s decision to lift the ban that had been in place since last week, affecting hundreds of commuters between the two islands.

The ban was part of the orders declared by the Government under the state of emergency to fight the measles crisis.

 “The travel ban on children up to age of 19 years old between Upolu and Savaii is removed,” a statement issued by the Government this morning said.

“The Revision of the Order of State of Emergency is signed by the Member of Council of Deputies Le Mamea Lemalu Su’a Tuiletufuga Leatuavao Ropati Mualia acting in the absence of the Head of State and pursuant to Article 106 of the Constitution.

“The review of orders is effective immediately.”

Other parts of the state of Emergency orders remain.

The measles epidemic has so far claimed 25 lives.

A Samoa Observer team is at the Mulifanua wharf talking to families whose travel plans were disrupted by the ban.

 

 

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