As the region remains distracted by the enormity of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Niue has pressed ahead and this week formalised the creation of an enormous marine reserve.

Officials on Rapa Nui, or Chilean administered Easter Island, are being cautious to avoid further cases of Covid-19 as repatriation flights begin from the mainland.

As Pacific Small Island Developing States cope with both the aftermath of severe Cyclone Harold and the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiji has led a global push for greater multilateral solidarity and support to brace vulnerable countries for devastating public health and economic impacts. 

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.

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