On Thursday, a two-day long shut-down has begun in Samoa as the authorities are going to begin a vaccination campaign on a mass level at a level that has not been done before. This is being done to combat an outbreak of measles which has led to the death of as many as 62 people most of which are small children in the island nation.
The non-essential government services have been suspended for the allowance of civil servants to support this drive for vaccination and have ordered every business to close as well. The ferry service to the island has also been canceled.
The residents had been advised by the administration to stay indoors and put a red flag on display in case they had not yet been immunized as the team which is vaccinating is going to work all across the nation which has just 200,000 people in the mornings.
The reports from the location have said that no one is allowed to drive their cars until and unless they are commuting to the hospital or have special permission. There are wide streets everywhere and all of them are empty and have no people or cars.
This ban has been imposed so that it is possible for the authorities and their medical teams to go all over Samoa and reach maximum number of families they can.
The operation has been carried out as per the emergency powers of the government which had been invoked after the epidemic came into being during the previous month. This is a desperate measure being taken to stop the epidemic from spreading and consuming any further lives.