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Friday 23 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight that was being discussed to come from Brisbane, Australia has been suspended until further notice, said MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u today.
Thursday 22 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
Two pregnant women in their early 30s from Lami were among the 21 new COVID-19 deaths in Fiji reported as new infections and deaths surge there. Neither of the pregnant women had been vaccinated. “Maternal deaths due to COVID-19 are a clear indication of the severity of this outbreak,” said Fiji Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong, who urged Fijians to stay at home.
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Wednesday 21 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An $11 million pa’anga Intensive Care Unit with five beds for critically ill patients with infectious diseases, including COVID-19, will be installed at Vaiola Hospital by March 2022. It will also facilitate remote telemedicine consultations with ICU specialist doctors and nurses in Japan, and ICU training.
Tuesday 20 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A delivery of 9,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured in Australia, arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport today, July 20. These doses will be used for vulnerable groups on the outer island of Vava'u.
Tuesday 20 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 784 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period ending at 8am on July 19. There have also been 15 new COVID-19 deaths from July 12-19, raising the death toll to 113, according to the Fiji Ministry of Health and Social Services latest data update.
Tuesday 20 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date, over 10,758 people have received their second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination on Tongatapu.
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Friday 16 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Auckland will arrive in Tonga on July 28. While, other flights from Brisbane in Australia, Vanuatu and Pagopago have not been confirmed.
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Friday 16 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Essential medical equipment for COVID-19 will be distributed to 11 Pacific Islands from the government of the United Kingdom and World Health Organization.
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Thursday 15 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
A one-year USD1.5 million partnership to support seven governments in the Pacific in their COVID-19 preparedness plans was today committed by UNICEF and the United States Government.
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Wednesday 14 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine continues to villages on the eastern and western districts of Tongatapu, starting this month. The roll out runs until August on the following timetable:
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Tuesday 13 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date over 7625 people in Tonga have received their second dose of the COVID-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine, since the second vaccination roll out started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa. Meanwhile, the Ministry aims to inoculate up to 70 percent of Tonga's population by December this year.
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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji opened its first COVID-19 vaccination drive-through at Suva's Albert Park Pavillion on 6 July as the country battles with rapidly increasing new cases. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services reported 636 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths over a 24-hour period on 7 July.
Wednesday 7 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 5475 people have received their second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination as of this afternoon, July 7 in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 6 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Passengers repatriated from Auckland, New Zealand, last week have tested negative in their first of three COVID-19 tests while in quarantine, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. Three COVID-19 tests are now required from passengers during quarantine.
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Tuesday 6 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 has been renewed from 8:00pm July 5 to 8:00pm August 2. The National COVID-19 Restrictions Directions still applies, including night-time curfews from midnight to 5:00am.
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Wednesday 30 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with over 200 passengers arrived in Tonga this afternoon from Auckland, New Zealand. Another flight is expected to arrive this evening from Brisbane, Australia with no passengers but will take out seasonal workers and others.
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Wednesday 30 June 2021

Austin-Texas, USA
Outside the rich-country bubble, the virus can spread, mutate, sicken, and kill. One obvious solution is to get the hoarded stockpile of vaccines into arms all around the world - but there have been only "paltry half-measures and insufficient gestures". For now, where this is heading is obvious. The US and Europe are offering crumbs, protecting their billionaires, their pharmaceutical lobbies, and their politicians’ campaign contributions. Meanwhile, China and Russia have other ideas – and the capacity to realize them. So, before too long, when the back of this pandemic is finally broken, the world will have fresh evidence about who is reliable and who is not. - By James K. Galbraith.
Tuesday 29 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan student at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji has tested positive for the COVID-19. Positive cases are increasing in Fiji since its latest outbreak in April, prompting Tonga to postpone repatriation flights from Fiji.
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Tuesday 29 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By this morning, 1125 people had received their second dose of the Covid-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine, since the second vaccination roll out started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 24 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has 279 new cases, their highest daily case count so far, indicating widespread community transmission, said Fiji's Health and Medical Services Head of Health Protection, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan on June 23, reporting four new deaths. To date 45% of Fijians have received one dose of vaccines, and 5% have received a second dose.

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