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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four people were arrested after the seizure of 2.14 grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Kapeta, Kolomotu’a on April 11.
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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people were today sentenced to a range of fines between $300 to $1100 pa'anga each for breaching the national lockdown notice, at the Mu'a Magistrate's Court. Another 20 accused will be tried next week.
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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Extensive damage along Tongatapu and 'Eua coastlines caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold is shown in dramatic before and after satellite images released by the UNITAR / UNOSAT in a preliminary report today. The coastal Royal Residence Liukava at Kolovai was caught in the surge.
Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local registered and informal businesses are now able to apply for assistance, under a $16.4 million pa’anga COVID-19 Business Economy Emergency Relief Fund.
Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of five people were today sentenced to a fine of $1,000 pa’anga each at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court for breaching restrictions imposed, during the national lockdown. To date, more than 100 people have been arrested and charged by Police for breaching restrictions.
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Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's national lockdown was eased on Sunday, April 12 after the Prime Minister said that the Ministry of Health confirmed no COVID-19 cases. However, borders remain closed, while a curfew and ban on gatherings has been continued.
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Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
During a state visit to China in March 2018, HM King Tupou VI and President Xi Jinping reached many important consensuses on the further development of China-Tonga relations. In November 2018, President Xi Jinping met with the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga and agreed to elevate the China-Tonga relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership of mutual respect and common development, setting out a blueprint for our future bilateral relations. Against such backdrop, I suggest that China and Tonga deepen cooperation in the following areas... By H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga
Tuesday 14 April 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Samoa, Tonga and Fiji are currently not permitting international flights, but if these restrictions end, Air New Zealand is likely to operate one return service per week from Auckland, the airline stated today.
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Monday 13 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Australian doctor in Tonga warns that it’s too early for children to return to school tomorrow because we do not know for certain if the recent arrivals in Tonga were free of the virus or just had no symptoms. “If they did pass it to people they have contacted, those contacts may still be incubating the disease...To relax these restrictions now risks an outbreak of the disease, with potentially terrible consequences.” he said. There are no CoViD-19 tests here, so Tonga is “flying blind”.
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Monday 13 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu's best beaches along the Sunset Coast, remain deeply embedded with the shrapnel-like remains of resort buildings ravaged by the “unbelievable power” of Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold's storm surge on Thursday.
Saturday 11 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The body of a man, found floating on the shoreline of ‘Eua after it was struck by Cyclone Harold on Thursday Morning, 9 April, was not a cyclone victim, authorities confirmed today. 'Eua suffered the greatest impact of the cyclone in Tonga.
Saturday 11 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sea came up over Vuna Road at around 7:18am, at least one hour before the predicted king tide at 8:13 am, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold pushed a surge into the Nuku'alofa seafront on Thursday morning. It could have been worse. A view from space shows how Tongatapu "dodged a bullet” as the cyclone's screaming eyewall missed Tongatapu, passing to the south.
Saturday 11 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has this week announced NZ$4 million to the Government of Tonga in general budget support. This is in addition to NZ$100,000 previously provided and another NZ$1 million to be given to Tonga’s Ministry of Health to support implementing its CoViD-19 prevention plan.
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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 Severe Tropical Cyclone 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 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.
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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.
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