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Monday 20 July 2020

New York, USA
Even if one or more vaccines emerge that promise to make people less susceptible to COVID-19, the public-health problem will not be eliminated. But policymakers can avert some foreseeable problems by starting to address key questions about financing and distribution now. The toughest political question of all, though, is likely to concern access. Who should receive the initial doses of any vaccine? Who determines who is allowed into the queue and in what order? By Richard N. Haass
Friday 17 July 2020

Sydney, Australia
The Oceania Rugby Men’s XV Championships to be held in August in Papua New Guinea has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. Postponed fixtures include the Oceania Rugby Women’s Repechage qualification between Samoa and Tonga.
Friday 17 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
A total of $24.2 million has to date been provided by the United States to support efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands, through support for humanitarian partners, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and UN World Food Program (WFP).
Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nadi, Fiji
Fiji Airways has extended its cancellation of international flights to the end of August, due to border closures and travel restrictions amid CoViD-19, the airline stated yesterday.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga remains CoViD-19 free after tests carried on 57 people who were repatriated from Fiji were negative, the Minister for Health, Hon Dr 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu announced today.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A reliable and resilient electricity supply is important for health workers, even more so now during the stresses of CoViD-19. In a hospital a power cut could be life-threatening for some patients.
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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is looking at more repatriation flights to bring nationals home from low risk countries, but the cost of quarantine for repatriated passengers over a three-month period is estimated to be around $1 million pa’anga, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola conjected today. Some 2600 people have registered for repatriation to Tonga.
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Monday 13 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large secured motorcade with all the emergency services that Tongatapu could muster, delivered the first 58 repatriated Tongans to the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel this afternoon. Tonga is protecting its CoViD-19 free status.
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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight for Tongans who have been stranded in Fiji, is now scheduled to arrive in Tonga on Saturday, with up to 60 passengers. But questions remain over Tonga's policy that requires passengers to have CoVid-19 testing done in Fiji before they board the flight.
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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has renewed its State of Emergency, extending it for another month, from 8:00pm July 8 until 8:00pm August 4, Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa declared this afternoon.
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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A few tests performed to ensure Tonga’s CoViD-19 machines are working, came back negative, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today’s home school trial was deemed a success by some primary, secondary, and tertiary students from the Tu’atakilangi area of Tongatapu using the radio, TV, and internet.
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Thursday 25 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although Tonga remains CoViD-19 free, the Minister of Health told a WHO Global Forum that government expects the CoVid-19 virus to come into Tonga when the border reopens. She said Tonga is doing its very best to prepare for that.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifty volunteers from Tonga Red Cross took part in the second CoViD-19 repatriation drill yesterday in Tongatapu.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tests for CoViD-19 can now be processed in Tonga in a new laboratory extension which was officially opened today by the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu. By Eleanor Gee.
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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By this morning, 900 people had registered for repatriation to Tonga. MEIDECC, the Ministry responsible for the Repatriation Registry said that at least 70 stranded public servants are also looking to return to Tonga. A mock repatriation exercise held this morning involved four stages of arrangements.
Tuesday 16 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Tourism has confirmed today that government is planning for the first repatriation flight of 50 Tongans “after next week as a start” and that the first passengers will arrive “in three weeks from last Friday, if everything is going as planned”.
Monday 15 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has contributed AUD$1.9m to community organisations in Tonga earlier this month, to provide safe water supply, teach hand hygiene, and support agricultural development to protect against the impact of CoViD-19.
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Monday 15 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A trial for students to learn from home for one day on 30 June, has been organized by the Ministry of Education and Training, in case schools have to close should CoViD-19 reach Tonga. Teaching materials and lessons will be delivered to students at home through several platforms including internet, radio, TV, paper based distance education
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Sunday 14 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Editor's comment: On Friday we reported the government’s announcement that there would be a test/drill repatriation flight, with 50 overseas Tongans arriving on an Air New Zealand cargo flight “next week”, and quarantined for two weeks at the Tanoa Hotel. The problem with our report was that we believed what we were being told at the Prime Minister's press conference held at the Fa'onelua Centre. But the “flight arriving this week” was simply their flight of fantasy.
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