The decimation of the Pacific’s tourism industry by Covid-19 could plunge thousands of people into poverty, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organisation.

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.

The Kiribati political party that switched recognition from Taiwan to China last year lost its majority in elections last week.

Mini Games postponed until 2022

Monday April 27, 2020

NORTHERN MARIANAS – The upcoming Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas are set to be postponed until May 2022 to avoid a clash with the Tokyo Olympics.

FRENCH POLYNESIA – The French Polynesian government says the salvage of the Chinese fishing vessel stuck on the reef of Arutua Atoll in the Tuamotu group for more than a month will be a difficult operation.

- The total number of Covid-19 cases that have been confirmed in the Pacific is now 255, as of yesterday morning. Guam: 139; French Polynesia: 5; New Caledonia: 18; Fiji: 18; CNMI: 14; Papua New Guinea: 8.

UN warns of potentially disastrous impact of Covid-19 rumours in the Pacific.

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