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Monday 23 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a State of Emergency has been renewed from 8:00pm 23 November to 8:00pm 21 December due to the continuous spread of CoViD-19 around the world. National CoViD-19 restrictions have also been renewed for the same period.
Friday 20 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One hundred and seventy-five repatriated passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport from Auckland, New Zealand yesterday, 19 November, confirmed Tonga Police this morning.
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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank has allocated $20.3 million to assist its developing members to access CoViD-19 vaccines and establish systems for fair and efficient vaccine distribution.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 252 repatriated passengers from Auckland and Brisbane have been released from quarantine after testing negative for CoViD-19 confirmed Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola on Saturday evening, 14 November. Two more flights are due to arrive from Auckland on 19 November, and from Brisbane on 24 November.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seventeen people are now in managed quarantine in Samoa, after a CoViD-19 infected container ship passed through Apia on the weekend. Meanwhile, Vanuatu has recorded its first CoViD-19 case, and Solomon Islands has seen more COVID cases arriving.
Wednesday 4 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of eight countries in the Pacific region that remain CoViD-19-free as of today 4 November. In the Pacific, the Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna and the Marshall Islands recently reported CoViD-19 cases. Only two other countries worldwide have not reported any cases,
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All passengers repatriated to Tonga from Auckland and Brisbane tested negative for CoViD-19 after arrival, said Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this afternoon.
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Suva, Fiji
Most of the Revenue and Customs administrations around the Pacific, including Tonga, have agreed to work together to ‘ride out the CoViD-19 pandemic’ after they reported a drop in revenue this year, at the Oceania Customs Organization Secretariat (OCO) Heads Annual Conference held virtually on October 20.
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Canberra, Australia
The Australian Government has committed an additional $500 million to supporting access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia through a range of advance purchase agreements with manufacturers and through participation in the multilateral COVAX Facility.
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Friday 30 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight to Tonga from Auckland, New Zealand with 172 passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, 30 October.
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Thursday 29 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first repatriation flight to Tonga from Brisbane, Australia with 80 passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, 29 October.
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Tuesday 27 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's declaration of a State of Emergency and the national CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from 8:00pm 26 October to 8:00pm 23 November due to the ongoing spread of CoViD-19 worldwide.
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Monday 26 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All 141 passengers repatriated from Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this month have tested negative for CoViD-19 confirmed Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. Another 230 repatriated passengers are expected to arrive later this week from Brisbane and Auckland.
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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights are scheduled to bring 200 passengers in total to Tonga from Brisbane and Auckland next week, on 29 and 30 October the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola confirmed today.
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Thursday 15 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
At the start of the year, when COVID-19 was ravaging Wuhan, China, and beginning to envelop the West, I warned that the crisis would likely be replicated across much of the developing world, with significant long-term consequences for us all. Sadly, this prediction was correct....At the global level, the challenge is to ensure that vulnerable people everywhere are protected. Failing that, we will be entering a much more dangerous world, and the prospects for a robust global economic recovery will be severely diminished. By Kevin Rudd
Saturday 10 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with 141 seasonal workers from Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport late Friday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
CoViD-19 tests are now being offered at Vaiola Hospital for travellers after the Health Services regulation to include CoViD-19 test fees was Gazetted yesterday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Kigali, Rwanda
Health-care delivery in nearly every country has been disrupted by policymakers’ mistaken initial assumption that health systems would quickly win the fight against COVID-19. As the pandemic’s caseload and death toll are increasing daily, it is often stalling or reversing hard-won progress on minimizing the impact of other diseases, from diabetes to malaria. By Anatole Manzi.
Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet has approved fees for CoViD-19 testing for outbound passengers travelling from Tonga to another country, confirmed Attorney General Linda Folaumoetui today.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

New York, USA
Without a vaccine, COVID-19 won't "go away" through a strategy of herd immunity. Two scientific case studies have already confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can reinfect an individual and that our immunity to coronaviruses is alarmingly short-lived. I have previously called herd immunity a “reckless and ineffective strategy.” Now that COVID-19 reinfections are not just a possibility, but a reality, I would add “lethal” to my description. By William A. Haseltine

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