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Thursday 15 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
At the start of the year, when COVID-19 was ravaging Wuhan, China, and beginning to envelop the West, I warned that the crisis would likely be replicated across much of the developing world, with significant long-term consequences for us all. Sadly, this prediction was correct....At the global level, the challenge is to ensure that vulnerable people everywhere are protected. Failing that, we will be entering a much more dangerous world, and the prospects for a robust global economic recovery will be severely diminished. By Kevin Rudd
Saturday 10 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with 141 seasonal workers from Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport late Friday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
CoViD-19 tests are now being offered at Vaiola Hospital for travellers after the Health Services regulation to include CoViD-19 test fees was Gazetted yesterday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Kigali, Rwanda
Health-care delivery in nearly every country has been disrupted by policymakers’ mistaken initial assumption that health systems would quickly win the fight against COVID-19. As the pandemic’s caseload and death toll are increasing daily, it is often stalling or reversing hard-won progress on minimizing the impact of other diseases, from diabetes to malaria. By Anatole Manzi.
Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet has approved fees for CoViD-19 testing for outbound passengers travelling from Tonga to another country, confirmed Attorney General Linda Folaumoetui today.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

New York, USA
Without a vaccine, COVID-19 won't "go away" through a strategy of herd immunity. Two scientific case studies have already confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can reinfect an individual and that our immunity to coronaviruses is alarmingly short-lived. I have previously called herd immunity a “reckless and ineffective strategy.” Now that COVID-19 reinfections are not just a possibility, but a reality, I would add “lethal” to my description. By William A. Haseltine
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
COVID-19 is likely to have less impact on world trade in the Asia Pacific region than elsewhere in 2020, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have arrested and charged a total of 3,023 people to date, since the start of the Police COVID19 Operation on March 28, when the State of Emergency was declared in Tonga. This included 1,380 arrests for breaches of the National Emergency Lockdown Notice and the Restriction Notice.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 141 seasonal workers will be repatriated to Tonga from Christchurch, New Zealand, on a chartered flight on Friday, 9 October, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u last night.
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Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency due to the global CoViD-19 pandemic has been extended from 8:00pm today, Monday, September 28 until 8:00pm October 26. The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating globally.
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Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yes, our isolation has been a distinct advantage, but keeping Tonga COVID-19 free, comes with much hard work at the borders to keep it that way. World Environmental Health Day reminds us of the importance of public health intervention in preventing people becoming ill with COVID-19. We are preparing for the novel coronavirus to reach our shores. No country is immune. By Sela Akolo Fa'u, Viliami Tongamana and Denise Tully.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can cater for a maximum of only 246 repatriated passengers at one time, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said today. This means that repatriating over 3,000 people currently registered on the government's repatriation list will be a slow, drawn-out process. By Eleanor Gee.
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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.
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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.
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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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