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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Brisbane, Australia scheduled to arrive in Tonga tomorrow, 31 March, has been postponed due to the Brisbane area going on lockdown yesterday after new CoViD-19 cases were confirmed.
Monday 29 March 2021

Suva, Fiji
US$9 million was contributed by the Government of Japan to UNICEF to strengthen the vaccine cold chain and capacity to address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in 10 Pacific Islands, including Tonga.
Friday 19 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local businesses affected by the negative impacts of the pandemic can now apply for various components under a COVID-19 Business Support Fund. The deadline for applications is April 9 with the assistance to be announced at the end of the same month.
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Tuesday 16 March 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The coronavirus must have infected someone with a weak immune system, allowing it to adapt and evolve for months into far more contagious variants, experts hypothesize. If true, the idea has implications for vaccination programs, particularly in countries that have not yet begun to immunize their populations, especially those with diabetes and other health conditions. People with compromised immune systems — such as cancer patients — should be among the first to be vaccinated, said a virus expert. The faster that group is protected, the lower the risk that their bodies turn into incubators for the world’s next supercharged mutant.
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Tuesday 9 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight that was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, March 10, with passengers from Auckland, will now only carry cargo, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Monday 8 March 2021

Nadi, Fiji
UPDATED: Fiji has received 12,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first Pacific Island country to receive a rollout under the COVAX facility. Around 6,000 frontline workers are expected to receive the first doses.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dates for repatriation flights to Tonga have been scheduled for the remainder of 2021, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Auckland that was planned for 3 March has been rescheduled to arrive next Wednesday 10 March, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 114 passengers who were repatriated from Fiji and New Zealand on February 4 are all negative, after their final tests for CoViD-19, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa said today.
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Wednesday 24 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian citizens and permanent residents in Tonga who wish to return to Australia via Auckland can now get a connecting flight to Sydney within 24 hours. No COVID-19 test is required prior to departure, however, passengers must cover the costs of the mandatory 14-days quarantine on arrival in Australia.
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Tuesday 23 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Air New Zealand will trial a digital vaccine passport for three weeks starting in April on its Auckland – Sydney route, the airline announced yesterday.
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Thursday 18 February 2021

Canberra, Australia
Australia plans to start the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTech CoViD-19 vaccine next week to the first and most vulnerable Australians from 22 February.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights are scheduled to arrive in Tonga on March 3, from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a Health State of Emergency will enter its second year of enforcement, under a monthly renewal starting from 8:00pm today, February 15 to March 15. This means the State of Emergency has been in force for a full year, since it was first declared on 12 March 2020.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
The city of Auckland is now under level 3 lockdown for three days starting today after a family of three from Papatoetoe tested positive to CoViD-19.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 107 passengers who were repatriated from Australia on February 11 have all tested negative for CoViD-19 in their first testing.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Apia, Samoa
A positive CoViD-19 test was reported in Samoa on Saturday in a passenger who arrived in Samoa from California, USA, via New Zealand, on 12 February. Further tests are to be conducted on other passengers and staff who were involved with the flight and quarantine.
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Friday 12 February 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand expects to vaccinate border workers within two to three weeks, followed by their household contacts, with the first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine set to arrive in the country next week, announced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.
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Thursday 11 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
107 passengers were repatriated to Tonga on a chartered flight from Australia this afternoon. A group of seasonal workers also departed Tonga on the same flight.
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Thursday 11 February 2021

Geneva, Switzerland
An equitable supply of vaccines is missing. Of the 128 million vaccine doses administered so far, more than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for 60 per cent of global GDP, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, said in a joint statement yesterday. “As of today, almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose.”
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