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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll in terms of human lives and health, jobs, growth, and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. Donors have pledged more than $4 billion to replenish Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant funds for the region during a virtual meeting on 16 September.
Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty-five people repatriated from Fiji and Kiribati tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now in home quarantine for seven days after completing their 14 days quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel.
Monday 14 September 2020

New South Wales, Australia
The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship, scheduled for November in New Zealand, has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. However, Tonga is scheduled to play Samoa in a Rugby World Cup Repechage Qualifier match in November in Auckland.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Medical supplies will arrive in Tonga on September 15 in a container onboard a Royal New Zealand Navy dive hydrographic vessel, HMNZS Manawanui, in a contactless port visit.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights are being planned for next month to return around 300 people from Christchurch, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is looking at providing CoViD-19 tests for outgoing passengers at a fee says the Ministry of Health, but until a regulation is amended, foreigners who are stuck in Tonga will not be able have departure tests. This may take two weeks or more to sort out.
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Monday 7 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-six passengers repatriated from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on Saturday, 5 September, tested negative for CoViD-19 confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today.
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Friday 4 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All 45 passengers repatriated from Fiji and Kiribati on Wednesday have tested negative for CoViD-19 confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u this afternoon. Only 38 passengers were repatriated from Fiji out of the 56 that had registered to return to Tonga because of issues with obtaining tests and the cost of the tickets.
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Thursday 3 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second trial for students to learn from home for one day on 8 September has been organized by the Ministry of Education and Training, to prepare students for school closures should CoViD-19 reach Tonga.
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Wednesday 2 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two flights arriving in Tonga today repatriated around 56 passengers from Nadi, Fiji. Seven more passengers arrived from Tarawa, Kiribati, with the repatriation of a deceased person. A third flight arrived today from Tahiti for a fuel stop.
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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights are scheduled to arrive at Fua’amotu International Airport tomorrow, Wednesday, from Fiji and Kiribati confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. Tonga Police and military will cordon off the restricted areas from noon on September 2 until midnight on September 18.
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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The national CoViD-19 restrictions including a continuing curfew, have been extended from 8:00pm Monday 31 August to 8:00pm Monday 28 September 2020.
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Monday 31 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has extended its State of Emergency due to CoViD-19 from 8:00pm today, Monday 31 August until 8:00pm Monday 28 September. However, details of the national restrictions including a curfew had not been released by close of business today.
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Friday 28 August 2020

Abuja, Nigeria
Growing evidence shows that COVID-19 survivors can suffer from long-term health effects, not least heart-related complications. All countries with high rates of obesity should be considering programs encouraging weight loss, healthier eating, and physical activity. The more we can reduce the heart-related and other complications of COVID-19, the more lives we will save. By Ifeanyi M. Nsofor.
Friday 28 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Fiji that was scheduled for Saturday, 29 August, has been deferred to next Wednesday, Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola, confirmed last night. Meanwhile, a Hawkes Bay fruit grower has called Tonga's failure to repatriate its vulnerable young men and seasonal workers, who are left stranded in New Zealand, as “unconscionable” (shockingly unfair or unjust) .
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Thursday 27 August 2020

Gold Coast, Australia
All 2020 Championship events, including the Polynesian Championships to be held in Nuku'alofa, have been cancelled due to CoViD-19, the Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) stated on August 26.
Thursday 27 August 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is increasing its chances of securing access to a CoViD-19 vaccine when it becomes available, after announcing millions of dollars to support domestic and international vaccine efforts. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also ensuring Pacific Island countries are supported.
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Wednesday 26 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has provided an Expression of Interest to join COVAX to access CoViD-19 vaccines confirmed the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. It will give early access to vaccinations for the most vulnerable people in member countries populations.
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Thursday 20 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 150 quarantine passengers repatriated from New Zealand have been released to go home after they all tested negative for CoViD-19, confirmed the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, today.
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Thursday 13 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Several hundred Tongan nationals who are stranded in distant countries, include a small cluster of surgical patients and their carers, who became stuck in India when Tonga's border closed on March 23. The Ministry of Health wants them to be repatriated but CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola voiced his extreme frustration today that he can find no viable pathway home for these patients, without stronger collaboration in the region.
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