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Tonga's Fua'amotu airport
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga has extended its border closure until 12 June. The country closed its border and order the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights last month, in a bid to prevent Covid-19 entering. Some exceptions on border entry have been made for repatriation and humanitarian...
Samoa Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is using the COVID-19 pandemic to covertly make changes to the country's Constitution and its judiciary, according to the president of the Samoa Law Society. Leiataualesa Komisi Kora told RNZ Pacific a suite of bills had been moved through parliament to their third...
The main bus station in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Cabinet has eased some of its state of emergency lockdown restrictions including reopening inter-island travels and public transport. The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, in announcing the changes, said the two meter social distancing rule remains, and other state...
Man stacks meals in containers
Honolulu, HAWAII — Former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has teamed up with a host of local community organizations to keep keiki fed amidst the unprecedented closures of schools across Oahu. Free breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up beginning Monday, March 30 at Kauluwela...
'Eua, TONGA — A counselling service centre in Tonga is now in ruins due to the coinciding of Tropical Cyclone Harold and a king tide on 9 April. The Women and Children Crisis Centre on the island of 'Eua, was one of a number of connected offices severely damaged by the cyclone. Digicel, Ministry of...
Tupa'i Sale'imoa Va'ai
Apia, SAMOA — The Covid-19 stimulus package passed by Samoa's Parliament last week may have come too late for some hotels and their workers. The government announced a $US23.6 million package to deal with the impacts of the Covid-19 coronavirus, however the Samoa Hotel Association (SHA) indicated...
 Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister says despite the nation still being Covid-19 free, it is highly unlikely the borders will be reopened at this stage, even to those wanting to attend urgent family matters. The last 12 Covid-19 samples from Samoa sent to New Zealand for testing have all returned...
Hospital entrance
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii reported two new COVID-19 fatalities Friday — one each on Oahu and Maui — bringing the state’s death toll from the virus to eight. The latest losses, officials said, are a grim reminder of the danger coronavirus poses to the community. And they urged to residents to...
Drone over Waikiki beach
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Honolulu Fire Department deployed drone teams Friday to popular beach areas to enforce the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Three teams of drones will be delivering public announcements at Lanikai, Waikiki and Sandy beaches between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release...
Logo for new website dedicated to providing information on Covid-19 for Pacific communities
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A new website dedicated to providing information on Covid-19 for Pacific communities across New Zealand has launched this week. The website, preparepacific.nz, is supported by District Health Boards in Northland and Auckland as well as the Ministry of Health and The Cause...

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