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Two political parties in Samoa have called on the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to delay passing controversial bills, RNZ reports.

Pacific nations and territories are caught in a balancing act between public health and easing out of lockdown restrictions, according to WHO.

Bars and clubs make plea to PM

Thursday April 30, 2020

The Tonga Bar Club and Restaurant Association has added its weight to a call for the government to ease the  six-week-long Covid-19 restrictions.

Businesses in Tonga are calling on the government there to ease Covid-19 restrictions to get the economy moving again.

Malaria adds to Vanuatu’s woes

Wednesday April 29, 2020

VANUATU – Vanuatu health authorities have another challenge to deal with after a local outbreak of malaria in the northern province of Torba following Tropical Cyclone Harold.

PACIFIC– Thousands of children in the Pacific are in danger of missing out on routine vaccines because immunisation services have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of Fiji’s leading military officers has defended the stifling of the media during the Covid-19 health emergency, prompting concern from press freedom advocates. 

TONGA – A former Tongan Prime Minister and current Noble MP has received a two year suspended sentence and a fine for passport, perjury and firearm offences.

SAMOA – An Air New Zealand plane has repatriated 200 people from Apia to Auckland but did not take any passengers back to Samoa.

PACIFIC – Pacific Islanders living in the United States have an infection rate two to three times the average in at least four American states, according to data released Sunday by the Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence, a California-based group.

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