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Covid-19: Devastated by disease in the past, Samoa is on high alert after recent coronavirus scares

The deadly measles outbreak in 2019 and the flu of 1918 are still fresh in the nation’s memory, as reports of coronavirus cases cause panic.

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Within minutes of news that crew members of the cargo ship Fesco Askold had tested positive for Covid-19, a social media storm broke across Samoa.
Covid-free until then, the island nations anxiety was understandable. More so when you consider its history.
Memories of the deadly 2019 measles outbreak were still fresh. But more distant events resonated just as much. Next to images of the cargo ship in the harbour, people were posting pictures of the Talune, the infamous ship of death that brought…

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