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American Samoa reports first case of COVID-19

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

The acting governor of the U.S. territory and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was from a resident who returned from Hawaii to American Samoa this week.

The infected traveler arrived on Monday, the first day that commercial flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago resumed. The course had been suspended since March 2020.

Authorities say the resident was fully vaccinated and had traveled to Hawaii and the Americas. They say the traveler tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the return flight to American Samoa.

American Samoa requires all travelers to be vaccinated and quarantined.

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