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Nine cases among Fiji arrivals to NZ

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Nine cases of Covid-19 have been detected among travellers from Fiji to New Zealand in the past week, a senior health official said. Fiji is grappling with a worsening Covid crisis, with over 14,000 positive people in isolation and more than 120 deaths reported by health authorities yesterday. New Zealand official Harriette Carr said near the beginning of the current outbreak...

Solomon Islands PM reiterates ‘get vaccinated now’, 22 students and dependents in Fiji tested positive

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare reiterates his call for all citizens to be vaccinated to protect the nation from any possible community transmission in the the country any time soon. In the same note, he also highlighted the importance of getting the vaccines in time before it’s too late to be vaccinated and protect the nation. He made the call...

Seasonal workers unfamiliar with laws

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By Taniela Tuilevuka Pacific Island Council president Ema Vueti believes seasonal workers ‘get into trouble as they are not aware of the laws in relation to work in Australia and New Zealand. Vueti said people going for seasonal work in the two countries are not aware of the labour laws in the two countries. She said there were some pre-departure briefings...

Macron, memory and Moruroa

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The French president won’t be able to avoid the legacies of nuclear testing when he visits Tahiti this week By Nic Maclellan When French president Emmanuel Macron makes a long-delayed trip to Tahiti this week, he will be highlighting twenty-first-century issues: climate change, reef ecology and his proposed India–Australia–France axis to contain China in the Indo-Pacific region. But he won’t...

Australia’s Pacific Minister says losing Micronesian nations will weaken PIF

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Australia’s Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja said that losing Micronesia nations will weaken the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), as the Australian government continues to engage with the leaders to keep the region united. Speaking virtually to the Pacific journalists Monday, he said that it is the position of Australia that Micronesia stays in the Forum. The Australian government’s position is...

Fiji records 1,054 new cases of covid-19 and 12 deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 1,054 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths reported Tuesday. Permanent secretary of health, Dr James Fong said the 12 new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 13 – 19 July. “The first COVID-19 death to report is a 70-year-old woman from Tamavua. She presented to the CMW hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her family reported that she...

Samoa Health concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in Fiji

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Samoa is pushing its vaccination roll out to cover 99% of the population as the vicinity to Fiji poses a high Covid 19 risk as active cases rise to 1000 per day and 96 deaths so far. The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri told a press conference this week that the situation in Fiji is of concern...

PNG records four new COVID-19 deaths – total deaths at 191

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Papua New Guinea has recorded four new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday 17 July, increasing the total number of deaths to 191. All four deaths were recorded in the Western Highlands Province. Also 48 new COVID-19 cases were reported within the same period in seven provinces, increasing the total number of cases to 17,515. New Ireland province reported 31 of the 48...

Over 10,758 have received second COVID-19 jab in Tonga

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To date, over 10,758 people have received their second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination on Tongatapu. The Ministry of Health said the daily vaccination average has steadily increased to 633 people per day Over 72% of Tonga's front liners have received their second dose (1,412 out of the total 1,955 workers). The Ministry also confirmed that there have been no extreme allergic reactions reported. The...

Bougainville open for business

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External investors can now apply to do business in Bougainville under an amended Inward Investment Act. ABG Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Patrick Nisira made this announcement Tuesday saying that Bougainville is ‘open for business’. “We are looking to deliver on the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s ambition for a strong local economy which will be recognized both nationally and internationally as...

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