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‘Fortress Australia’ re-opens after two-year Covid closure

Australia opens its international borders to all vaccinated tourists Monday, nearly two years after the island nation first imposed some of the world's strictest Covid-19 travel restrictions. “The wait is over,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a press conference on Sunday ahead of the re-opening. “Pack your bags,” he told potential visitors, adding, “Don't forget to bring your money...

UN to review Japan’s plan to release Fukushima water into Pacific

A UN nuclear task force has promised to prioritise safety as it launches a review of controversial plans by Japan to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan’s government announced last April that it had decided to release the water over several decades into the Pacific Ocean,...

Lockdown restrictions relaxed in Tonga

The 24 new COVID-19 positive cases Saturday, brings the total number of active cases in Tonga to 196, Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said. Hu’atolitoli Prison recorded one new case, while the other new cases are in the community. “The total number of active cases in Tonga is now 196,” he said. Meanwhile, the 23 repatriates who were announced as positive cases Friday,...

Marshall Islands looks to relax Hawaii quarantine, ramps up Covid vaccines

Since it began allowing people into the country in mid-2020, the Marshall Islands has maintained one of the world’s strictest Covid-prevention entry systems. As a result, this western Pacific nation remains one of the few countries in the world that is still Covid-free, even as many of its Pacific neighbors have seen their first Covid spread in the past several...

Millons lost during Solomon Islands lockdowns

Solomon Islands has lost millions of dollars in tax revenue as a result of the recent covid-19 lockdowns imposed at the beginning of community transmission last month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced the staggering figures in his address to the nation. According to Sogavare, preliminary findings from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) show the direct loss of tax revenues...

IOC President Thomas Bach to attend ONOC General Assembly; Oceania to expect a vibrant quadrennium of sport on the Road to PARIS 2024

The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) are expecting to host IOC President Thomas Bach at its 42nd General Assembly in Nadi, Fiji in May this year. President Bach has a close relationship with Oceania, the smallest of the five continents in the Olympic Movement but positioned in the world’s largest ocean and probably, the most challenging in terms of distance...

Fijian Drua crushed on Super Rugby debut, Crusaders win

Pacific newcomers Fijian Drua had a rude introduction to Super Rugby with a heavy defeat while 12-time champions Canterbury Crusaders ground out a victory as the new season kicked off over the weekend. The southern hemisphere tournament has undergone yet another revamp this year with the addition of two Pacific islander teams for the first time to compete alongside the...

Manu Samoa 7s relocates to Australia following player’s complaints

The Lakapi Samoa Board has decided to move the Manu Samoa 7’s Team out of Dubai where they have been in a holding camp for seven weeks. The decision is in response to the player’s complaints against management which was submitted to the Pacific Rugby Players Association and Lakapi Samoa. “The welfare of the team, both players and management was the...

Pacific quarantine-free travel expands

One-way quarantine-free travel to New Zealand will be extended to include Nauru, Tuvalu and American Samoa, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Health Aupito William Sio announced today. “I am pleased to announce that from 11.59 pm 27 February, eligible travellers from Nauru, Tuvalu and American Samoa, will be able to enter New Zealand without entering MIQ or self-isolation on...

Four new COVID-19 cases in Vanuatu

Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman has announced four new active COVID-19 cases in managed quarantine. They came through repatriation. Three came on the flight from Noumea, New Caledonia and one on the flight from Brisbane, Australia. “Samples of the cases will be send overseas to determine the specific variant type. Currently, there is no evidence of community transmission,” said the PM. “The...

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