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Tokelau border protects community from first case of COVID-19 since pandemic began

The Ongoing Government of Tokelau has announced its first case of COVID-19 have been detected at the border of its northernmost atoll of Atafu. The...

Covid cases in Tuvalu passes 400

Covid-19 cases in Tuvalu have soared to 443, with 303 news cases recorded since Sunday. This is the first time the country has experienced a...

WHO records 140 covid cases in Tuvalu

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 140 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Tuvalu. A WHO spokesperson, based in Suva, said Tuvalu's first community...

Further pandemic support to the Pacific

The New Zealand Government has announced further pandemic support for Pacific Island countries with vaccine boosters, COVID-19 anti-viral treatments, and by strengthening the capacity...

Tonga lifts health restrictions, ends two States of Emergency

After two-years and six-months, Tonga has lifted most of its COVID-19 health restrictions, including that for international travel and the national curfew, effective from...

‘Time to move on’ as Marshalls drops three-year state of health disaster

The Marshall Islands has ended over three years of a State of Health Disaster and opened its borders to normal travel as of this...

Post-arrival tests removed as entry requirement to Fiji

Fiji has removed covid-19 tests on arrival as entry requirement to the country, beginning Monday. Over the past six weeks, Fiji’s health system has continued...

Marshall Islands sees first Covid-19 spread

The Marshall Islands lost its Covid-free status Monday when tests confirmed six positive cases in the capital, the first known community transmission since the...

UN visits Vanuatu after two years of closed borders

This week, a team from the United Nations (UN) landed in Vanuatu for the first time since COVID-19 closed Vanuatu’s borders in 2020. Led by...

FSM takes action amid surge of Covid-19 cases

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recorded 306 new Covid-19 infections in the 24-hour reporting period until 31 July. FSM's health department said positive community...

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