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Thursday 2 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Essential COVID-19 supplies and oxygen equipment was donated to the Ministry of Health from the Government of Australia, after the cargo arrived on November 30 at Fua'amotu International Airport.
Tuesday 30 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s health records will move from paper-based to a digital patient management system starting tomorrow, December 1, after the Prime Minister Hon. Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa launched the Kingdom’s first National Health Information System (NHIS) this morning at Davina House in Nuku'alofa. By Eleanor Gee.
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.
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Wednesday 24 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The roll out of second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12 – 17 year olds will start in schools tomorrow, Dr ‘Ofa Tukia from the Ministry of Health confirmed today.
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Tuesday 23 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Health State of Emergency has been renewed for another month to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting from 8:00pm on 22 November until 8:00pm 20 December.
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Wednesday 17 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flights that were scheduled to arrive in Tonga at the end of this year have been "all deferred to next year", MEIDECC confirmed today. Meanwhile, all of the 215 repatriates from Christchurch, including the COVID-19 case who was later confirmed as a historical case, were released from quarantine yesterday, after testing negative to COVID-19 in their last round of tests.
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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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Thursday 11 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI assented the Vaccination (Amendment) Act 2021 and the Public Health (Amendment) Act 2021, giving government the power to declare that vaccination is compulsory. The Acts (16 & 17 0f 2021) were among 13 pieces of legislation Gazetted by the Tonga Government on 5 November. However, Health officials have said that vaccination will not be forced, while the focus now is for Tonga to attain a voluntary 70% vaccination of its 103,000 population by the end of 2021.
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Monday 8 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At 11:59pm tonight Tonga's COVID restrictions will revert to what they were before last week's lockdown was imposed, the Prime Minister, Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa announced this afternoon. No community transmission has been detected since a returning passenger tested positive for COVID-19 in managed isolation quarantine in Nuku'alofa on October 27.
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Friday 5 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first COVID-19 positive case is believed to be a historical case, after testing a weak positive today in a third test, “we believe he is not infectious,” said Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola this afternoon. By Eleanor Gee.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A COVID-19 test result that is a “weak positive” is not a “false positive”, Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola confirmed to Matangi Tonga today. He was responding to public comments regarding the meaning of the test results from Tonga's first COVID case.
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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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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A COVID-19 lockdown hotline and vaccine hotline has been provided by the Tonga Prime Minister’s Office this afternoon for the public who wish to clarify information regarding the 7-days lockdown that started last night, November 1.
Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first positive has been referred to as a ‘weak positive’ case, after arriving from Christchurch on 27 October, said Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. The other 214 passengers on the flight have tested negative in their first COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, the positive case will have his second COVID-19 test on Friday, November 5. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A lockdown for the island of Tongatapu will start at one minute past midnight, tonight (12:01am November 2) with stricter social distancing measures enforced to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. It means that everyone must stay at home, except for services that are designated essential. Meanwhile, no community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has called a media conference for 4:00pm today, as the capital is widely anticipating a National COVID-19 lockdown to be announced, starting tonight. Domestic air services to Vava'u Group were cancelled today, and the last flight from Tongatapu to Ha'apai Group will be at 3:30pm, according to Lulutai Airlines.
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Saturday 30 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of people flocked to vaccination sites in Tonga last night and today, following news of a COVID-19 positive case in a passenger who arrived in Tonga from Christchurch on October 27. On Friday there were 2,000 shots and today even more.
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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People on Tongatapu should use the weekend to prepare for a potential lock down next week, after Tonga’s first positive COVID-19 case was confirmed today. The Prime Minster Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa this evening urged people to use this time to get ready in case more people are confirmed to have the virus.
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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's PM confirmed one positive COVID-19 test among the 215 passengers who arrived in Tonga from Christchurch on Wednesday. The test was carried out yesterday and results confirmed today. The PM made the announcement on national radio at 5:30pm The first confirmed case in Tonga is in MIQ at the Tanoa Hotel. The carrier had been fully vaccinated.
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