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Friday 11 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 656 COVID-19 active cases currently in isolation as of 10 June, according to its Ministry of Health and Medical services.
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Thursday 10 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
The reinstatement of Professor Pal Ahluwalia by the University of the South Pacific Council is ‘illegal’ Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Fiji's parliament last week.
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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Annapolis-MD, USA
Maps of all the coral reefs in the world will be created quickly with new technology by NASA through a partnership with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF), announced on World Ocean’s Day, 8 June. The maps will give researchers and environmental managers better information about what’s happening to coral reefs.
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Sunday 6 June 2021

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Operation Tui Moana, a regional fisheries surveillance operation, celebrates 20 years of fighting illegal fishing in the Pacific waters of Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, and Tuvalu.
Sunday 6 June 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii
Leaders of 11 Pacific Island countries and territories elected Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo as the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL) new chairperson during a two-day virtual meeting held on June 2 and 3.
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Monday 31 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A low-cost emergency care ventilator that can be used in local hospitals to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic, has been developed by engineering students and staff at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.
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Friday 28 May 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has 151 active cases of COVID-19 in isolation including the 28 new cases recorded yesterday, 27 May, according to its Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is providing further input over a five-day workshop to help develop the regional 2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which aims to ensure Pacific people will lead free, healthy and productive lives. A session on Oceans and Natural Environment was held today 25 May, with representatives from other Pacific countries joining in virtually.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Suva, Fiji
A total of 7,888 people are under quarantine, after health teams traced and tested primary and secondary contacts of existing COVID-19 cases during the Suva and Nausori four-day lockdown, according to Fiji's health officials on 18 May.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Students in the Pacific (including Tonga) selected under New Zealand’s scholarship program in 2019, 2020, and 2021 may be able to start studying in New Zealand in 2022.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fuifui ‘Ealelei (36) of Haveluloto reportedly passed away in his sleep on Sunday, May 16 in Hastings, Hawke's Bay.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
A two-way, quarantine free, travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands started today with the first flight to Rarotonga leaving Auckland this morning.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There will be two lunar eclipses visible in Tonga this year. The first lunar eclipse coming up next week on the night 26-27 May is made for us, because the moon will be almost straight above your head. A full moon in a total eclipse is not pitch dark but usually bright red. By Firitia Velt.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Suva, Fiji
A woman with COVID-19 died on 12 May in Fiji after she was entered into intensive care when her condition started to deteriorate, according to health officials yesterday. Dr James Fong warned Fiji that if the spark of Covid-19 “isn’t quickly and aggressively extinguished, a tiny ember is all it takes to start a massive, uncontrollable wildfire that claims thousands of Fijian lives.”
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New cases of COVID-19 in Fiji yesterday have led health officials to announce a full lockdown of Suva and Nausori starting 11:00pm Friday, 14 May up to 4:00am Tuesday, 18 May. Contact tracing teams are working overtime, said Dr James Fong.
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Thursday 6 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A patient at Lautoka Hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon, died a few hours later at 6:35pm, confirmed Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Health, Dr James Fong today. Lautoka Hospital is now in lockdown as part of efforts to prevent a wider outbreak. “Fiji, I do not use the word “war” lightly. But, right now, we are in a war with this virus,” he said.
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Thursday 6 May 2021
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samoa’s Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa II on 4 May declared the result of Samoa’s 9 April general election void. The Electoral Commissioner will call a new General Election on 21 May 2021.
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Friday 30 April 2021

Manila, Philippines
The economies of the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga will continue to decline in 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic is the worst economic crisis in the history of these countries,” said economist James Webb. “While lives have been saved, livelihoods have been lost.” Economic recovery in tourism-dependent Polynesian countries will be slow, says a new ADB report.
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Thursday 29 April 2021

Sydney, Australia
The funeral of the late Peter Warner in Ballina, NSW, Australia, yesterday had a special Tongan presence, including two of the original ‘Ata boys – Mano Totau and Tevita Siolala, reports Tonga's Honorary Consul General.
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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Suva, Fiji
COVID-19 cases in Fiji continue to increase with six new cases confirmed yesterday, 27 April, bringing the total to 42 active cases, according to health officials. Recent cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed to be the B1617 variant that was first detected in India. Dr James Fong has warned Fijians to stay at home because “any person-to-person contact outside your home could get you infected.”
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