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  • Monday 30 March 2020 8:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two weeks isolation is not long enough and Tonga needs more time to put into place its strategy to counter the influx of the CoViD-19 virus, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, Chief Executive Officer for Tonga’s Ministry of Health said today.
  • Monday 30 March 2020 7:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : People who ventured out today, on the second day of Tonga's national lockdown, encountered checkpoints on main roads, manned by police officers and soldiers. Police said that while most people are compliant, a few who were obstructing police had been arrested. They are also investigating reports that funerals are being held with more than 20 people present.
  • Monday 30 March 2020 7:12pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Eleven people have been charged in the seizure of illicit drugs in seven different locations in Tongatapu.
  • Monday 30 March 2020 7:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Cao Xiaolin presented USD$200,000 to Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa to help Tonga’s preparedness and response to CoViD-19 today, 30 March.
  • Sunday 29 March 2020 5:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga will continue its diversion order for incoming flights during the week 29 March to 4 April 2020, to prevent the introduction or spread of CoViD-19. Scheduled flights by Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand and Talofa Airlines will not be permitted to land in Tonga.
  • Sunday 29 March 2020 3:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's national lockdown starting at 1:00am this morning, means that everyone must stay at home except for essential services. In Nuku'alofa church gates are locked, and the streets are empty and peaceful, in a coronavirus preventative measure that will be in force for at least one week.
  • Friday 27 March 2020 7:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, after test results on the country's recent two suspected cases, came back negative from Australia today, March 27. The Minister of Health said vigilance and preventative measures need to continue to strengthen Tonga's response to the global pandemic at this critical time.
  • Friday 27 March 2020 7:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga will undergo a national Lockdown from 1am Sunday 29 March, to 1am Sunday 5 April, the Prime Minister, Hon. Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa announced yesterday evening 26 March in a Press Conference at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre.
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  • Friday 27 March 2020 7:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Seventy-six passengers who were on the last Virgin Australia flight from Sydney to Tongatapu on 18 March, had to overnight in Fiji, when the plane could not land because the landing lights were out at Fua’amotu International Airport. They were required to self-quarantine in Tonga until April 2 under the new travel advisory. Dr Siale 'Akau'ola said today “it is better to overprescribe the quarantine requirements than be sorry later.”
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  • Friday 27 March 2020 5:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Cable Ltd. cannot pursue its full claim of over US$1.2 million for the damage that it alleges the oil tanker Duzgit Venture caused to its two undersea communications cables in January 2019, because the piece of legislation to support its claim has never been Gazetted, or come into law in Tonga.
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