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Saturday 20 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The current overcrowding of the Hu’atolitoli Prison and its psychiatric facility is a major concern for Tonga’s Prison Commissioner, Semisi Tapueluelu, the psychiatrist Mapa Puloka, and the courts. More and more convicted criminals are being given suspended sentences because there is simply not anywhere to incarcerate them. By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 19 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights from New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji are expected arrive in Tonga on 31 March, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Thursday 18 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Tonga from COVAX "is tentative for next month as per current plans", confirmed Ministry of Health Acting CEO, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa today.
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Tuesday 16 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a State of Emergency and CoViD-19 national restrictions have been renewed for another month starting from 8:00pm, Monday March 15 to 8:00pm on Monday 12 April 2021.
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Tuesday 9 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight that was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, March 10, with passengers from Auckland, will now only carry cargo, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights from Australia and Fiji arrived this afternoon with 167 passengers, confirmed Deputy Police Commissioner ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau.
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 107 passengers repatriated from Brisbane, Australia on 11 February, have tested negative to CoViD-19 in their last round of testing, confirmed Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa today.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dates for repatriation flights to Tonga have been scheduled for the remainder of 2021, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Auckland that was planned for 3 March has been rescheduled to arrive next Wednesday 10 March, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Monday 1 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Auckland planned for Wednesday, March 3 has been postponed due to New Zealand raising its lockdown levels, the Tonga government announced today.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga hopes to achieve herd immunity for CoViD-19 by planning to vaccinate around 60-70% of the population by the end of the year, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. Tonga is on COVAX's tentative list to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 114 passengers who were repatriated from Fiji and New Zealand on February 4 are all negative, after their final tests for CoViD-19, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa said today.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a Health State of Emergency will enter its second year of enforcement, under a monthly renewal starting from 8:00pm today, February 15 to March 15. This means the State of Emergency has been in force for a full year, since it was first declared on 12 March 2020.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 107 passengers who were repatriated from Australia on February 11 have all tested negative for CoViD-19 in their first testing.
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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight will bring around 122 passengers to Tonga tomorrow from Brisbane, Australia. Other flights scheduled for 25 February have been postponed to arrive in Tonga on March 3.
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Tuesday 9 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga could receive the CoViD-19 vaccine “maybe at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter of the year,” the Ministry of Health Acting CEO, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa, said today, 9 February. Home quarantine was no longer allowed, because 27 people had breached the rules, out of 1,624 repatriates.
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Monday 8 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All 114 passengers repatriated from New Zealand and Fiji on February 4 have tested negative. However, from this flight onwards, arriving passengers will be quarantined for 21-days at the managed facilities, with no further home isolation required.
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Thursday 4 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ninety-eight passengers were repatriated on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland this afternoon, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u today.
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Saturday 30 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is finalizing its National Deployment and Vaccination Plans to access CoViD-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility, and initial quantities are expected to be announced soon. Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said COVAX is assessing the readiness of participant countries, who will have to make a contribution if they want vaccination coverage of their population to be increased. Meanwhile, some other Pacific countries have started their vaccination programmes.
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Friday 29 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 238 passengers repatriated from New Zealand and Samoa on January 14 tested negative for CoViD-19 in their second and final tests yesterday, confirmed Tonga's Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa.
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