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Thursday 26 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Volunteers were flown out of Tonga on a charter flight organised by the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) on 25 March, confirmed the Australian High Commission (AHC) in Tonga today.
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Thursday 26 March 2020
Suva, Fiji
Fakamolemole pe kae tu’u atu e ki’i tohi ni na’a a’u atu ai homau le’o ki hotau ki’i Pule’anga. - Leonaitasi Taukafa.
Wednesday 25 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two British medical students have found themselves stuck in Tonga and unable to return home after Tonga closed its borders earlier this week to prevent COVID-19 from entering the country.
Tuesday 24 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Appeal Court for the first time in Nuku'alofa, conducted hearings via video teleconference on March 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All schools in Tonga will be shut down on Friday, March 27 for two weeks, as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonga currently has no confirmed cases.
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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Baltimore, USA
It is likely that eventually, CoViD-19 will become endemic (commonly recurring in the community), and most of us will get infected, says Justin Lessler, an associate professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, stressing that it is most important to slow the speed of transmission.
Tuesday 24 March 2020

Cambridge-MA, USA
As the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the world’s economies, stock markets plummet, and unemployment rises, policymakers will be forced to figure out how to contain the outbreak while preventing financial and economic collapse. Most economic proposals in developed countries focus on cash payments to people, deferred tax payments, and business bailouts. But biomedicine is critical to saving the economy ...a simple immunity test could tell us who doesn’t need to be taken out of economic circulation... and impede an economic Armageddon.- Mark Roe.
Monday 23 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two weeks without incoming commercial passenger flights to Tonga will give the government valuable time to set up essential measures, including equipment for testing in country for CoViD-19 and protective clothing for health workers, and to train more people for the response to the pandemic, which could hugely impact Tonga.
Monday 23 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Many of Tonga's businesses are already facing a cash crunch and looking to scale back their operations, as the impact of the CoViD-19 pandemic bites, the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) stated today. While the National Reserve Bank of Tonga has reassured Tongans that our banking system is strong enough to withstand the impact of CoViD-19, but economic growth will be lower for the year.
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Monday 23 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: Tonga has ordered a diversion of international flights to Tonga for two weeks, from 23 March, including the Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Talofa Airlines flights scheduled for today. The order was made by Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, CEO and posted this morning “to prevent the introduction, or spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)” under Tonga's current Declaration of Public Health Emergency.
Saturday 21 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The South Pacific Tourism Exchange that was set for May 25-26 in Christchurch has been cancelled due to COVID-19. “We will now realign our resources and efforts to support the post COVID-19 Recovery efforts of our members,” said CEO Christopher Cocker.
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Friday 20 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has declared a month-long State of Emergency in Tonga aimed at CoViD-19 prevention stating that the disease “is imminent and will endanger or threaten.. the lives of people in Tonga.”. Starting today at 8:00 pm: Foreign nationals are banned from entering Tonga; Tongan nationals must be quarantined for 14-days upon arrival; public gatherings are restricted; big events including funerals are banned; bars will be closed and other measures are being taken.
Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All secondary schools in Tonga will add an extra hour to their daily timetable to prepare for a possible school shutdown, amid the COVID-19 global outbreak, the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said today, 19 March. The Secondary Schools Inter-college Sports event due to be held in April has been postponed to November.
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Wednesday 18 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Virgin Australia airline has temporarily suspended all international services and further cuts to their domestic network until 14 June 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Air New Zealand also announced cutting back on flights to the Pacific including Tonga between April and June.
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Wednesday 18 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government today issued a global advice to citizens travelling abroad to consider returning home. This is the country's highest alert level 4. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has today told 80,000 Kiwis travelling overseas to get home now - before it's too late.
Wednesday 18 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has temporarily suspended all public gatherings worldwide, until further notice, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Area Seventy-Pacific Area Elder 'Inoke Fotu Kupu stated on March 17 that this was why Members are having Sunday worship in their homes.
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Wednesday 18 March 2020

Washington, USA
A $14 billion COVID-19 response package has been approved by the World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors, to fast-track financing to assist companies and countries efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the fast spread of the virus.
Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Tonga, tougher measures for incoming travellers were imposed today, in a fifth advisory aimed at preventing the virus from entering the country. It includes strict quarantine requirements for travellers through or from some affected countries, while all international cruise ships and yachts scheduled to arrive in Tonga are now barred indefinitely. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 16 March 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand halted trading today as it announced capacity cuts across its global network due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand.
Saturday 14 March 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's strict new COVID-19 health measures to be put in place at the border for people departing to the Pacific include: • No travel for people who have travelled outside of New Zealand in the past 14 days, • No travel for close or casual contacts of a confirmed case. • No travel for anyone who is symptomatic. • Health assessment including temperature check.
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