20 Nov 2019

Pacific toughens measures as Samoa measles worsens

From Checkpoint, 5:26 pm on 20 November 2019

As Samoa's measles epidemic worsens, other Pacific countries are taking strong measures to keep their populations safe.

Last night Samoa's health ministry confirmed 16 people have died, with the latest victim a seven-month old child from Savai'i.

The country has more than 1000 people infected with measles, with 114 cases recorded in the last 36 hours.

Tokelau - which is accessed by ferry from Samoa - is now tightening its immigration rules and screening everyone who steps onto it atolls.

Alex Perrottet has more.