Samoa measles death toll climbs to 32

Samoa's measles epidemic has claimed the lives of 32 people, a sharp increase on a day ago.

All but four of the deaths are children under the age of four.

Since yesterday, 243 cases of the disease have been recorded, with 176 people currently in hospital.

Meanwhile, the government said 24,000 people had been immunised in a compulsory mass vaccination campaign launched under a state of emergency.

Yesterday, an investigation was launched after 6000 vaccines had to be destroyed because they were incorrectly stored at an unauthorised private clinic.

A ban on under-19s travelling between the islands of Upolu and Savai'i has been lifted.

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