The Kiribati political party that switched recognition from Taiwan to China last year lost its majority in elections last week.
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.
Figures released in French Polynesia say there has been a drop in crime, including reported domestic violence, during the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak last month, RNZ reports.
The Pacific tourism industry will be seriously impacted with the collapse of Virgin Australia, the ABC has reported.