"Measles infection rate and fatalities should determine lifting of state of emergency"

Faavae Leausa, 64, Malie

I think the lifting of the state of emergency depends on the number of measles cases and fatalities. If the death toll has not moved then it should be lifted but if fatalities continue to increase then the state of emergency must continue. We do not want to rush things – we must prioritise the safety of all Samoan people first before we act. 



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Tulasenuu Misa Umutaua, 57, Malie

The state of emergency that was declared by the Samoa government is a very smart move. For me, the safety of our people is very important and should be a priority. The state of emergency should continue until the measles epidemic is declared by the health officials to be over.


Filipo Toma, 40, Saleimoa

It is a very good decision by the Samoa government to declare the state of emergency. The measles epidemic is still affecting our children and it is a must for everyone to keep them safe and care for them. The state of emergency should not be lifted yet if the number of measles cases are increasing. 


Siulepa Salapo, 25, Laulii

The decision on whether the state of emergency should be lifted should ultimately depend on how many measles infection cases have been recorded and the number of people still suffering from the virus. If there is confirmation measles cases are still increasing then the state of emergency should continue.


Pesi Samuelu, 41, Nuu-Fou

I heard that the death toll is still at 70 and if it is like this for the whole week and no more lives are claimed by measles than the state of emergency should be lifted so life can continue as usual. But if there are still people dying from the virus then the state of emergency should continue.

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