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Friday 10 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“My family were swimming inside the house,” said Patangata Community Policing Officer, Sami Mafi, after TC Harold sent a waist-high storm surge through the community soon after dawn on Thursday morning, smashing fishing boats and dumping rock over the breakwater.
Friday 10 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liku‘alofa Beach Resort, on Tongatapu's southwest Sunset Coast, was demolished by severe Tropical Cyclone Harold (category 4) when it hit Tongatapu in the early hours of Thursday, April 9. Other resorts along the coast were also reported destroyed.
Friday 10 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were no report of deaths or severe injuries due to severe Tropical Cyclone Harold reported to the Tonga National Emergency Management Committee at its 7:00pm disaster meeting last night, Thursday 9 April, but there was severe coastal damage. The ‘Eua Wharf was destroyed when tsunami-like waves hit Tongatapu and 'Eua coastlines
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Nuku'alofa,
Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, will coincide with a king tide and a supermoon in Tonga early tomorrow morning. An extreme high tide warning is now in force for all Tonga coastal waters for tomorrow and Friday.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six men were arrested with 122 small packets of cannabis ready for sale at four different locations in Tongatapu on Saturday, April 4.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Washington, USA
The protection of all health care workers in the face of CoViD-19 has been highlighted as doctors, nurses, midwives and many others in the industry who work to keep communities healthy are recognized on World Health Day, 7 April.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Geneva/New York
A virtual concert, curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, and featuring other notable artists, will be globally televised and streamed on multiple global platforms on Saturday 18 April in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s commercial banks will close tomorrow, April 9, due to severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, which is expected to close in on Tonga tonight. Meanwhile, the economic downturn is becoming more acute for Tonga due to CoViD-19, states a bank manager.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A storm force warning is in force for Tongatapu as severe Tropical Cyclone Harold was located 965km west north west of Nuku'alofa at 08:00am this morning and tracks closer, moving at a speed of 38km/hr.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With CoViD-19 we are reminded that viruses and germs cause sickness on a large scale and that hands are one of the leading transmitters of germs that cause respiratory infections, typhoid and diarrhoea. Thousands of children under five die in the Pacific each year from diarrhoeal diseases. Germs transmitted by hands play a large role in this type of death. By Otto ten Bosch, Matangi reader.
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three CoViD-19 testing machines and 2000 test kits are expect to arrive in Tonga later this month, although it is still uncertain how they will get here. Meanwhile, the Health CEO warned against public scaremongering: "When people try to force authorities not to accept donations like PPEs to help us fight CoViD-19, it is like the public forcing someone to use a fork and spoon to fight a lion."
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The whole of Tonga is preparing to counter the impact of the CoViD-19. Hospitals in all island groups are training staff and preparing as best they can, while waiting for special medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), that they hope will arrive before the virus.
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert remains in force for Tongatapu, Ha’apai and ‘Eua as severe TC Harold moves towards Tonga. On its current track, it is expected to lie at about 120km south-west of Nuku'alofa, at around 7:00am on Thursday morning, as a Category 3 storm.
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Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Asian Development Bank today, 7 April announced a grant of $470,000 to help finance a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Tonga, where the country's main hospital has limited capacity to quarantine and isolate cases.
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Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre was activated this morning as severe Tropical Cyclone Harold is expected to enter Tongan waters as a Category 3 storm by Thursday morning, April 9. UPDATED.
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Melbourne, Australia
As government mandated lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic affect a rising share of the global population, fewer will die of COVID-19, as well as other transmissible diseases. But how should we weigh those benefits against the costs of unemployment, social isolation, and widespread bankruptcies? By Peter Singer and Michael Plant.
Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If one person has CoViD-19 in Tonga, the virus could be rapidly transmitted to hundreds of people due to our nature to socialize, warned the Minister for Health, Hon Dr 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu, today.
Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With CoViD-19 numbers climbing daily around the world, and the lack of PPE available worldwide, people can sew their own face masks as an added protection from spreading the virus. Studies show the effectiveness of different materials in blocking the virus.
Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were acquitted of possession of methamphetamine, after a Supreme Court judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against them.
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Sunday 5 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police made 118 arrests, including 16 for illicit drugs, during the first week of the national lockdown. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner 'Atunaisa Taumoepeau said on Friday that most people were respecting the lockdown under the state of emergency in support of the Ministry of Health, even though at times there had been vehicles queuing for a few kilometres at the main Tongatapu checkpoints.

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