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Monday 22 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The water lens reservoirs supplying households in the Hihifo District are safe, Silia Leger, said today, after the lens reservoirs were tested for E Coli last week. However, Tonga's first State of the Environment Report released this month, underscores a continuing concern with sanitation and poorly managed septic tanks that can leak into water supplies.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tests for CoViD-19 can now be processed in Tonga in a new laboratory extension which was officially opened today by the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 15 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has contributed AUD$1.9m to community organisations in Tonga earlier this month, to provide safe water supply, teach hand hygiene, and support agricultural development to protect against the impact of CoViD-19.
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Thursday 11 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has extended its State of Emergency for another month, from 8:00pm 11 June until 8:00pm 8 July, the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa declared this afternoon. In addition, the CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from 8:00pm 11 June to 8:00pm 8 July. The night curfew now starts an hour later at 12:00am to 5:00am, with mass gatherings still limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Friday 29 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from today 8:00pm tonight 29 May until 11 June, the Tongan Government announced today. The restrictions have eased further with a shorter night time curfew from 11:00pm to 5:00am. Borders remain closed up to June 12.
Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pallet of sweet smelling, vanilla infused hand sanitizers made by Heilala Vanilla in New Zealand, were donated to Vaiola Hospital today, 27 May, to assist in keeping Tonga safe from CoViD-19. Vanilla extract made by the company from Tongan grown vanilla has similar common ingredients as sanitizer—ethanol and glycerin, and they were able to make the new products.
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Monday 25 May 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Tonga's Minister for Health Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu was elected Rapporteur on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Executive Board during its 147th virtual meeting on 22 May.
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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Medical supplies from China, including infrared thermometers, personal protective equipment, and hand sanitizer gels, were donated to the Ministry of Health on May 19, at Vaiola Hospital, to help Tonga prepare for CoViD-19.
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Tuesday 19 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Preparations get Tonga ready to combat CoViD-19 should it reach the kingdom, are progressing slowly. The Ministry of Health reported delays in the construction of a specialised CoVid-19 testing laboratory, and they are waiting more protective gowns and overalls, and an oxygen generator. The Ministry is still working on a quarantine policy for future incoming passengers.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency that was due to end today at 8:00pm 17 May has been extended until 8.00pm 11 June 2020, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa declared this afternoon 15 May 2020. The night curfew now starts at 10:00pm. Gyms and sporting events are permitted and some other restrictions have been eased, while the border remains closed.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Community Health Centre at Houma upgraded by the Government of Japan was handed over on May 15.
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Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has committed to providing up to AUD$1.8 million to extend the Tonga Health Systems Support Program to the end of next year, and a further AUD$1 million for CoViD-19 preparations, signing the increased assistance package with the Minister of Health today.
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Monday 11 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
World Red Cross Day celebrations in Tonga on 8 May saw the launch of a website used to restore communications within families in times of emergencies, including natural disasters, conflicts or migration.
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Friday 8 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The third CoViD-19 testing machine, GeneXpert, and testing cartridges have arrived in Tonga and were cleared last night and kept at the Ministry of Health laboratory said Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today, 8 May.
Tuesday 5 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around the world, Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated today 5 May, but in Tonga students at GPS Fasi have stepped up their hand hygiene routine every day to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections such as CoViD-19.
Saturday 2 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Restrictions enforced under a State of Emergency in Tonga since 17 April will be relaxed for a couple of weeks from 8:00pm May 1-15 2020, the Prime Minister announced yesterday. However, the international border remains closed to incoming passengers, including an estimated 10,000 Tongans overseas who want to return.
Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Health still has a number of issues to address before they would like the borders to open and to ease restrictions on gathering in public places, says Health CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola. “We have to make sure that no coronavirus will be transferred.”
Sunday 26 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Case management, or the ability of Tonga’s Ministry of Health to accommodate and treat CoViD-19 patients, if the new coronavirus arrives in Tonga, remains a serious problem for the Ministry of Health to resolve, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said on Friday.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who boarded an Air New Zealand flight at Fua’amotu International Airport yesterday, 23 April, was removed due to a New Zealand Immigration travel ban “technicality”, and ended up in quarantine at the Fua'amotu Taliai Camp instead, where he will have to stay for 14 days.
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Big-hearted American-Tongan pro golfer Tony Finau has donated $100,000 to ‘Project Protect’, an initiative to provide $5 million face masks to frontline healthcare workers in the United States. The country is the worst affected by CoViD-19, with over 42,000 Americans having died from the disease so far.
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