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‘Early stages’ of COVID third wave, amid Delta surge: WHO chief

The Delta variant’s spread, along with increased social mobility and the inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both case numbers and deaths, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the recent data in an address to the Emergency Committee on COVID-19, established under the International Health...

Fiji records 1,220 new cases of COVID-19, Five deaths reported

Fiji has gone over the 1,000 cases of COVID19 recorded in a day. Fiji’s positive case number reached 1,220 and five new COVID-19 deaths Thursday. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said the five new deaths reported for the period of 10 July to 13 July. “The first a 61-year-old woman from Kinoya who died at home on 10/7/2021. Her family...

Pacific ACP Trade Ministers discuss WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies

The Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting today considered an update of the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies agreement (FSA) and welcomed the progress made thus far on the negotiating text. Trade Ministers also noted that a few key elements remain to be resolved and support the intensification of negotiations to reach consensus on these issues. Harmful fisheries subsidies have been...

Pacific Islands to seek debt relief as COVID-19 batters economies

Pacific Island countries will seek debt relief from their creditors as the spread of COVID-19 leaves some governments struggling to provide basic and essential services, Tuvalu’s Minister of Finance Seve Paeniu said on Thursday. Paeniu said the COVID-19 crisis has decimated the dominant tourism industries of some Pacific countries, and a meeting with creditors will be sought to secure financial...

Marshall Islands trials solar powered outboard engines

The testing of a solar powered outboard engine for a locally built catamaran in Majuro this week is part of a large-scale sustainable ocean transport programme underway in the Marshall Islands that could lead to multiple vessel use of this sustainable energy technology for sea transportation. “We are developing systems that work for different types of boats in the Marshall...

PNG records first case of Delta Variant

It has been confirmed Thursday that a single positive COVID-19 case with the Delta mutation has been detected in Papua New Guinea. Deputy Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Dr Daoni Esorom confirmed that the case, PNG’s first and only case, is a 65-year-old male, who is a Philippine national. Dr Daoni said the case is currently in isolation...

Fiji receives Jack Ma Foundation COVID-19 protective equipment

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has handed over medical supplies to the Fiji Government as it battles a surge of COVID-19 cases. The personal protective equipment (PPE) was a donation from the Jack Ma Foundation to the Forum Secretariat for distribution to Forum members experiencing outbreaks. Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna, is hopeful that the donation would contribute to...

U.S military visits to Palau not a response to any threat, Army commander says

The United States military presence in Palau is not a response to any immediate threat, according to a battalion commander for Task Force Oceania. Pacific Islands Battalion commander for Task Force Oceania LTC Rachel Sullivan in an interview said the U.S forces that are in Palau” are not here in response to any threat.” They are here as part of the...

Samoa Media alliance calls for journalists’ protection

The Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD) has condemned political attacks against Samoan women journalists and called on the United Nations to lend its support. The SAMPOD statement was released after more than 1,000 men and women assembled for a peaceful march calling for an end to violence on women. Ironically, a young female reporter was verbally attacked by...

Tuilaepa dragging Samoa into dictatorship: Fiame Mata’afa

The Samoa caretaker Government are clinging onto power using the Head of State's unconstitutional powers, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the leader of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party has said. Mata’afa says the Human Rights Protection Party's (HRPP) efforts to cling onto power whilst the nation is under a State of Emergency is deeply concerning, noting that they...

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