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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s next repatriation flight is on scheduled to arrive from Christchurch, New Zealand, on October 27 with 300 passengers.
Tuesday 12 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fiji will reopen its border to ‘travel partner countries’ from 11 November, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced on Fiji Day, 10 October.
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Tuesday 5 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flights from Australia and New Zealand planned to arrive in Tonga this month have been postponed due to COVID-19, confirmed a MEIDECC statement today.
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Monday 4 October 2021

Suva, Fiji
Life in Fiji is starting to return to normal as businesses re-open at 70 percent capacity starting from today but only for people who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. There are currently 12,828 active COVID-19 cases in Fiji. Since the COVID-19 outbreak that started in April 2021, there have been 51,132 cases and 631 deaths there.
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Monday 4 October 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
People over the age of 18 years planning to travel on Air New Zealand international flights will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 from 1 February 2022, or to provide a medical exemption.
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Thursday 23 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 vaccine program will start rolling out in the Niuas on 28 September, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday. Meanwhile, the Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau'ola urged young people (18-29 years) throughout Tonga to hurry up and get their vaccinations because COVID-19 can reach Tonga. “If you get the vaccine while there is a COVID outbreak, it’s too late. There will be hundreds of lives lost,” he warned.
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Monday 20 September 2021

Pago Pago, American Samoa
American Samoa recorded its first COVID-19 case this month, after a resident who returned from Honolulu on September 13 tested positive for the virus. Only 7 countries in the world remain COVID-19 free to date. They include Tonga, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, North Korea and Turkmenistan. Four other dependencies or territories in the Pacific - Tokelau, Niue, Pitcairn Island, and Cook Islands - also remain COVID-19 free.
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Saturday 18 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Another 897 Tongans received their first shots and 51 received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for the week September 10-16, after the Ministry of Health urged the 16,352 unvaccinated people in the targeted age groups to hurry up and get their shots this month before the vaccines expire. Unfortunately, at this rate it would take another 55 weeks to reach the target.
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Thursday 16 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Apia, Western Samoa, is now scheduled to arrive in Tonga with nine passengers on 22 September, said MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Wednesday 15 September 2021

Hamilton, New Zealand
In New Zealand, the University of Waikato, in support of increased Covid-19 vaccination rates among Māori and Pacific communities, will host a vaccination clinic and drive on September 16 to mark Kīngitanga day. There is concern that vaccination rates among the Māori and Pacific communities are lower when compared to the New Zealand national average, while some studies also suggest that Pacific people are three times more likely to need hospitalisation when infected with the virus than non-Pacific people.
Wednesday 15 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Seasonal workers from Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu will be able to travel to New Zealand quarantine-free starting in October, announced New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor yesterday, September 14. The arrangement will help New Zealand’s horticulture industry for the upcoming picking season.
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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights due to arrive from Australia and New Zealand this month have been deferred due to COVID-19, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Thursday 9 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Kennedy Maeakafa Fakana’ana’a-ki-Fualu from Otahuhu has been busy delivering food to Tongan overstayers in New Zealand during the current COVID-19 lockdown.
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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government said today it is supporting Tongan nationals who remained stranded in Fiji, after Tonga closed its borders to repatriation flights from Fiji. It was responding to complaints from the group. They are among 2,608 Tongan nationals and residents who are stranded overseas by the suspension of repatriation flights to Tonga from COVID-19 affected countries.
Tuesday 7 September 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 128 new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period ending at 8:00am on September 6. There have also been 12 new deaths, in the period from July 27 to September 5, from the virus, which has now claimed 520 lives there.
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Monday 6 September 2021

Suva, Fiji
More than 20 Tongan nationals stranded in Fiji since March after Tonga closed its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, claim they have been neglected by their government. The Fiji Times reported a claim by the Tongans that their government had turned a blind eye to their pleas to return home after it allowed 14 Chinese into the Kingdom from Vanuatu late last month.
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Friday 3 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 27,358 people have received the second dose of the COVID-19 Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine in Tonga, since the second roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 1 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ha'apai Group of islands has received delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine funded by Japan and provided by COVAX. The Ministry of Health decided to provide about 4000 doses as the first roll out to Ha’apai.
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Wednesday 1 September 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 505 new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period ending at 8:00am on August 31. There have also been seven new deaths from the virus, which has now claimed 496 lives in Fiji. However, new cases are falling from Fiji's highest daily average peak reported on July 22.
Monday 30 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 27,274 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in Tonga to date, confirmed the Ministry of Health today, 30 August.
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