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Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
PACIFIC ISLANDS — More travel restrictions and measures have been imposed around the Pacific as cases in the region continue to increase. People in French Polynesia have been told to stay at home from midnight for at least 15 days as the coronavirus outbreak keeps spreading. At a briefing this...
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Honolulu, Hawaii — More than a thousand people in Hawaii had been tested for COVID-19 by Thursday, but the vast majority of the tests were conducted by private laboratories. The Hawaii Department of Health has only conducted 40 tests based on direct physician referrals for patients who are severely...
PACIFIC REGION — Pacific nations and terrorities are deepening their restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over 50 people in the region, including Hawai'i, have now tested positive for Covid-19, while dozens more are being held in isolation while tests are carried out. Fiji...
Samoa PM, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has declared a state of emergency which went into effect midnight March 20, 2020 Samoa time. The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, announced the measures will be in effect for 14 days. The Government Press Secretariat */ media release says the order includes...
Fiji Airways plane on the tarmac
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Countries around the Pacific continue to scramble to implement measures to safeguard citizens from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Fiji has restricted entry to all travellers from the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime...
 Air Niugini and Fiji Airways parked at Nadi International Airport
Apia, SAMOA —The Ministry of Health has activated a Hotline to monitor the Coronavirus at its National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) on a 24/7 basis. The Deputy Director General for Public Health Service, Dr. Robert Thomsen confirmed that the Strategic Plan for COVID-19 is already in place with...
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Apia, SAMOA — As of this Wednesday morning (Samoa time), the Ministry of Health is investigating one patient for Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a suspected case only. The patient was admitted Wednesday 18 March 2020, to the TTM Hospital Motootua after experiencing flu-like symptoms for 2 days....
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A Hastings-based Samoan chief has been found guilty of 10 charges in human trafficking and 13 charges in dealing in slaves. Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, was acquitted on one charge of trafficking. The jury of five men and six women took seven-and-a-half hours to reach the verdict...
A United Airlines aircraft on the tarmac in Marshall Islands
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific countries have continued to introduce sweeping measures to try and offset the coronavirus. Nauru has declared a national emergency, suspending all flights apart from a single fortnightly service to Brisbane. All arrivals will be required to spend 14 days in...
Gov. David Ige of Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii now has seven positive cases of the new coronavirus, and Gov. David Ige announced Sunday that schools will be closed until March 30. Schools were to be on spring break this week, but it’s been extended by a week to allow school leaders to prepare social distancing plans once...

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