Vanuatu curfew extended for another 48 hours


The Vanuatu Government has extended the 6pm-6am curfew for Efate and its offshore islands for another 48 hours.

The Order to extend the curfew until Thursday was signed by the Minister of Health, Bruno Leingkone, and published in the Official Gazette Tuesday.

Vaccination on Efate and offshore islands will be suspended during the curfew period. It will resume after the curfew ends.

The curfew does not apply to essential service providers defined in the previous Order, persons requiring emergency health services and persons assisting them to get emergency health services, as well as essential workers, and persons engaged in activities of the National Cluster activated by the National Disaster Management Office on Efate and offshore islands.

Community leaders in Port Vila, Efate and offshore islands are strongly encouraged to ensure all their people respect the curfew.

Meanwhile, criminals have broken into the home of a former Speaker of Parliament, Philip Boedoro, and stole a brand new mattress, along with a flat screen TV and PlayStation during curfew hours in the early hours of Sunday.

Police say the mattress would be difficult to carry along the street suspecting a group of persons and or vehicle involved in removing the items.

The theft also included electric tools from the tool shed.

The property used to have a vicious security dog which was reported to have been transferred elsewhere.

“This is a warning to the public to remain alert and lock their gates and doors at night especially during the current lockdown because criminals capitalise on the empty streets to roam to steal,” an Officer on the scene warned.

“By any chance if a member of the public has seen any vehicle or person or persons with a mattress in the early hours of last Sunday in the areas of Ohlen or Anabrou, please call 22222”.

When asked if police suspect that the latest theft was the work of someone familiar with the property, he replied that there are always suspects in the vicinity at Ohlen..