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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s lockdown orange level restrictions will ease further with gyms, bars, and kava clubs, allowed to open, starting from Saturday May 7, confirmed Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku today during a press conference. The quarantine period has also been reduced to seven days, while essential staff who have had COVID-19 can isolate for three days.
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Thursday 31 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four repatriation flights arrived in Tonga yesterday, March 30, with 277 passengers, MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u confirmed this afternoon.
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Wednesday 30 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Education in Tonga has received an unspecified boost in funds from donors, Save the Children Australia (SCA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on March 28, to ensure children affected by the volcanic eruption and COVID-19 restrictions are still able to continue learning, the Prime Minister's Office reported.
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Tuesday 29 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are four repatriation flights due to arrive in Tonga tomorrow, Wednesday 30 March, from Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Apia, MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u said this afternoon.
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Tuesday 29 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight United Nations personnel, who recently completed their 15-day mandatory quarantine in Tonga, are now providing direct support to the country's ongoing recovery efforts from the volcanic and tsunami event that occurred in January.
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Thursday 24 March 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 300 people, mainly on Tongatapu, have been arrested and charged for breaching curfews, not wearing masks or not social distancing, as required under the regulations under the Tonga Emergency Management Act since February 2. Tonga Police said they are assisted by town and district officers and community patrols to report those who breach the lockdown restrictions in villages.
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Thursday 3 March 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga now has 342 active COVID-19 cases, the Minister for Health, Hon Dr Saia Piukala confirmed today, March 3. There were 290 new cases reported between Feb. 25 and Mar. 3.
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Thursday 3 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 174 repatriated passengers, were released from the Tanoa Hotel quarantine on Tuesday, March 1, after testing negative to COVID-19. Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa said those arriving on the next repatriation flights, who would like to quarantine in their own homes can write a letter to the Ministry of Health, who will inspect the homes before approvals.
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Sunday 13 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seventy-eight people have been charged by Tonga Police for breaching the current lock down restrictions in Tongatapu and Vava'u, which have been enforced since Feb. 4 to minimize and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the community.
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Tuesday 8 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six new COVID-19 positive cases were announced by Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni today Tuesday, Feb. 8, bringing the total number of active positive cases in Tonga to 13. They are all close contacts of earlier cases. Two were believed infected while kava drinking at Pili, and the other four are a family of an earlier case at Vaini, with both areas are identified as hotspots in the current outbreak.
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Friday 4 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One new COVID-19 case was confirmed today from more tests conducted yesterday and last night, the Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, said this afternoon. A total of 726 COVID tests had been done, following the first community transmission detected in Tonga on Feb. 1. More Pfizer vaccines are expected to arrive Saturday, for booster shots. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 14 January 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is lifting a restriction in order to allow repatriation of over 300 passengers from New Zealand and Vanuatu next week. Changes to repatriation protocols were outlined by the new Minister for Health, Hon Dr Saia Piukala this morning, 14 January, and include repatriating from countries with COVID-19 in the community.
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Friday 24 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Youth aged 12-17 years who have not yet received their second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are urged to get their second dose before the vaccines expire in the New Year. “There is no plan to get more Pfizer for them after 2 January,” said the Health CEO.
Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Those in Tonga aged 18 and above are urged to get inoculated before the current stock of AstraZeneca vaccines expire on 13 December. Pfizer vaccines for 12-17 year olds currently in the country will expire on December 20.
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Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
COVID-19 is the worst crisis for children worldwide that UNICEF has seen in its 75-year history, according to the agency’s report released on December 9.
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Thursday 9 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights to Tonga from Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji (for stranded passengers), and possibly Samoa have been confirmed tentatively for January 18 next year, MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u told Matangi Tonga this afternoon. A repatriation flight from New Zealand that was scheduled for January 11 has been delayed and confirmed tentatively for January 20.
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Monday 29 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 46,239 people (60%) of Tonga’s eligible population of 76,911 are now fully inoculated for COVID-19. while 73,295 (95%) have received their first doses of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine by November 29, the Ministry of Health confirmed today.
Monday 15 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 57% of Tonga’s eligible population is now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, while nearly 94% of those eligible have received their first dose, the Ministry of Health reported today. Among the 12-17 years age group there has been a high uptake of vaccinations, with 92 percent receiving their first dose.
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Wednesday 3 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The person who had tested a weak positive for COVID-19 after arriving on a repatriation flight from Christchurch last Wednesday night, has tested negative for COVID-19 in a second test done on Monday, November 1, confirmed Ministry of Health Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. “This is good for his family and this person because the weight of the country must have been on him and the difficulty that he was in.”
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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's COVID positive case in quarantine is not showing any symptoms, because the passenger was previously vaccinated, the Minister of Health said yesterday, as first doses of vaccines reached 89% of eligible adults in Tonga. So far 63% of the eligible adult population are fully vaccinated, after the weekend rush boosted the numbers.
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