Only 467 people eligible to be vaccinated are left to get their first dose as the government continues to roll out vaccination for COVID-19.

Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni confirmed that 78 people have been discharged, 57 recovering with the remaining 133 active cases being monitored.

The government also confirmed that one case had also passed away due to underlying medical conditions.

The cases that are recovering will go through the isolation time required before being discharged.

Prime Minister Sovaleni noted the ongoing surveillance and testing by the Ministry of Health with a total of 20,562 tests since 01 February 2022, which includes 5,755 PCR and 14, 807 RAT tests.

The Minister for Health Dr Saia Piukala confirmed that results from New Zealand have identified that the two active cases in MIQ to be Omicron BA.2.

The vaccination rates now stand at 99 percent for the first dose, 91 percent for the second dose and 26 percent who have had their Booster shots.

Three new positive cases were also identified as positive at the MIQ Tanoa International Hotel have recovered.

A total of 20 cases have recovered at the Hu’atolitoli Prison, with five active cases remaining.

Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei confirmed that the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) has completed four rounds of distribution to those affected by the tsunami since 15 January, 2022.

He stated that those that have been displaced will continue to receive assistance until they have been relocated to new residences or have had their houses built.

On those needing assistance, Dr Tei said constituency offices also have assistance that can be sent out to assist families in the different constituencies, apart from assistance been given through NEMO and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Hu’akavameiliku confirmed that the construction of five houses in Patangata and Sopu on Tongatapu will start on Monday (February 28, 2022) as the government rolls out its re-construction programme for those affected by the tsunami.

Government is also in discussion with estate owners on the reconstruction with the other affected communities.

Pm Sovaleni confirmed that clean up on ‘Atata Island has been completed by members of the Australian Defence Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Engineering Unit, with clean up now moving to Fafa Island and Pangaimotu before moving to the islands of Fonoifua, Mango and Nomuka.