Govt. considers total lock down, P.M. says

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has confirmed that the Government is seriously considering the possibility of closing Samoa's borders, shutting schools and a ban on all public gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Following a special Cabinet meeting with the Disaster Advisory Committee on Thursday, Tuilaepa said the orders will be finalised and a final decision will be made on Friday.

Tuilaepa said the Government will not wait until the test for the first suspected case of coronavirus in Samoa is returned.

He also confirmed that the first suspected case is a young woman from Letogo who came from New Zealand to Samoa to celebrate her 21st birthday. 

He warned that all those that attended her birthday, those at her church if she went to church and her family will likely carry the virus, if it's confirmed.

The Ministry of Health says the patient was admitted on Wednesday to the Moto'otua national hospital, a traveler from New Zealand experienced flu-like symptoms for two days.

More details soon.

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