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American Samoa reports its first case of the coronavirus, 18 months into the pandemic

The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said their first case of Covid-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii.
/ Source: Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa reported its first case of the coronavirus Friday.

The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said their first case of Covid-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii.

The infected traveler flew in last Monday, the first day of newly resumed commercial flights from Honolulu to Pago Pago. The route had been suspended since March 2020.

Officials say the resident was fully vaccinated and had traveled to Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. They say the traveler tested negative for Covid-19 before boarding the flight back to American Samoa.

American Samoa requires all travelers to be vaccinated and to quarantine.