Government shutdown in Samoa after measles killed 53

SAMOA: The measles epidemic in Samoa It has caused a government shutdown as public servants get ready to help with the implementation of the nation's mass vaccination campaign.

PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said all public and government serviceswill close on Thursday and Friday. Some 53 people have died as a result of the measles crisis, with 48 of them kids, the government said.

Official data shows that more than 50% of 29,000 children between 6 months and four years have not yet been vaccinated. There were 3,728 confirmed cases until Monday. In total, 58,000 people have been vaccinated since the vaccination process began on November 20, he said.