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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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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's health officials have not yet confirmed one COVID-positive test from a passenger who arrived in Tonga from Christchurch on the evening of Wednesday 27 October. No official announcement has been made but a statement from the Prime Minister's Office is expected later today, Friday
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Thursday 28 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 215 repatriates arrived in Tongatapu from Christchurch last night and are currently in quarantine for three weeks at the Tanoa Hotel in Nuku’alofa and Makeke Camp in Vaini. A few more repatriation flights are planned for Tonga up to March 2022.
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Tuesday 26 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Health is in a race against time to inoculate 13,738 teenagers with Pfizer before the precious vaccines expire in 28 days time. Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola urges parents to ensure their 12 to 17-year-old children are inoculated “or they will miss out”.
Monday 25 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At least 1,090 students aged 12 to 17 years-old have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to date, since the roll-out to schools in Tongatapu began on October 21, confirmed the Ministry of Health today.
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Friday 22 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The inoculation of 12-17 years-old with the Pfizer vaccine at schools in Tongatapu continued today to Tonga High School senior students to protect them against COVID-19.
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Thursday 21 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 31,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived from New Zealand last night, and started to roll out today for inoculations of 12 to 17-year-olds and pregnant women in Tonga. There is huge demand and competition for the Pfizer vaccine globally, and the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and Tonga's CEO of Health all thanked New Zealand for making this “important gift”, which placed Tonga among the few privileged countries of the world to have it.
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Wednesday 20 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriates from Pago Pago and Apia were released from quarantine in Tonga last week after they all tested negative for COVID-19 in their last round of tests, confirmed Ministry of Health’s Dr ‘Ofa Tukia today.
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Friday 15 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2021 World Sight Day, was commemorated by Tonga’s Ministry of Health yesterday, 14 October at the Fa’onelua Convention centre. “Enjoy having good eyes,” said Lord Tangi.
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Wednesday 13 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is returning 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to COVAX today so they can be given to Vietnam before the expiry date. The Ministry of Health is disappointed that unvaccinated people have been slow to take up these doses. So far less than 30% of the total population has been vaccinated. The ministry said it is not easy to get the vaccines and now they are trying to get more. Around 31,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Tonga next week but these are for 12 to 17-year-olds and pregnant women.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Breast cancer is like a journey over a rough sea in a strong wind, Hon. 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu told Tongan women today on the launch of Pink October, a month of breast cancer awareness. She urged women to be brave to proceed with examinations that are available at the hospital, urging them to seek treatment as soon as they become aware of changes in their breasts.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around $20,000 pa’anga will be offered in cash and prizes from Digicel Tonga to help raise awareness of women and men’s health in Tonga during October and November.
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Monday 27 September 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 today until 8:00pm October 25, the Prime Minister announced today.
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Thursday 23 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 vaccine program will start rolling out in the Niuas on 28 September, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday. Meanwhile, the Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau'ola urged young people (18-29 years) throughout Tonga to hurry up and get their vaccinations because COVID-19 can reach Tonga. “If you get the vaccine while there is a COVID outbreak, it’s too late. There will be hundreds of lives lost,” he warned.
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Saturday 18 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Another 897 Tongans received their first shots and 51 received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for the week September 10-16, after the Ministry of Health urged the 16,352 unvaccinated people in the targeted age groups to hurry up and get their shots this month before the vaccines expire. Unfortunately, at this rate it would take another 55 weeks to reach the target.
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Thursday 16 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Apia, Western Samoa, is now scheduled to arrive in Tonga with nine passengers on 22 September, said MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights due to arrive from Australia and New Zealand this month have been deferred due to COVID-19, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Friday 10 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 27,458 people over the age of 18 years in Tonga, have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, since the second dose roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa, the Ministry of Health confirmed today, 10 September. This represents 43% of the targeted population of 63,128 aged over 18.
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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Health today urged those aged 18 – 29 years to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, after it was revealed the age group had the lowest inoculation rate at 38% compared to older people. The Minister said they needed to speed up the vaccinations in order to resume the repatriations to Tonga. “The return of these people depends on how good our vaccination rate is. And if we take it slow just because no one here has the virus, they will continue to suffer.”
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