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Tonga lockdown extended to April 12, but ease some local travel and trade curbs
03:40 am GMT+12, 04/04/2020, Tonga

Tonga’s lockdown measures to stop Coronavirus coming into the country had been relaxed but certain restrictions had been extended for another week until April 12 at 1am.
 
Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa Friday ordered the extension in a press conference in Nuku’alofa saying he has renewed the measures.
 
Local mobile vehicle marketing and roadside vendors were now allowed to recommence their services. The Talamahu, Ma’ufanga and Fanga market places were still banned.
 
The Prime Minister has lifted bans on crops and fisheries export industries as well as construction companies.
 
The restrictions on inter-island marine transport within Ha’apai, Vava’u and the Niuas have been lifted.   
 
Legal practitioners and clients with cases affecting lockdown and curfew measures and state of emergency were allowed to operate.
 
Tonga has no confirmed case of Covid-19 with eight suspected cases returning negative tests.
 
Despite this the government went into lockdown on March 29 as authorities strive to keep the country Covid-19 free.

SOURCE: KANIVA TONGA NEWS/PACNEWS


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