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Friday 24 June 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in

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A one-year toddler has been recorded as the latest and youngest Covid-19-related death in Samoa.

A baby has died of Covid in Samoa

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the death, which brings the Covid death toll in Samoa to 29.

The report said the one-year-old girl died of severe pneumonia and was not eligible for the Covid vaccine.

There are new 40 cases which brings the total number of Covid cases in Samoa to 14,812.

One patient is in managed isolation at Moto'otua hospital.

Covid-19 quarantine facilities in Nauru full

Quarantine facilities in Nauru have reached full capacity as the island grapples with its first outbreak of covid-19 in the community.

861 cases have been recorded so far.

The government said it believes there to be many more unrecorded cases in the community due to people testing themselves at home and not registering the result.

Fourteen people are in the negative pressure Acute Care Unit, including one child.

Three of them are pregnant women, two are elderly and three are unvaccinated.

Nauru has moved to Phase three of its case management strategy.

That means people who test positive can now isolate at home or remain in the government quarantine facility.

More than seventy families are isolated at home.

6,600 doses of the Covid-19 paediatric Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to Nauru.

The vaccines are funded by the Australian government the delivery is facilitated by UNICEF.

PNG dominates leaders board at games in the CNMI

Papua New Guinea is dominating the leader board at the Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas .

PNG team at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Mini Games in the CNMI
PNG team at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Mini Games in the CNMI Photo: RNZ Pacific/Mark Rabago

So far Papua New Guinea is leading with 19 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals.

Australia is in second place followed by French Polynesia.

Saipan Organising Committee spokesperson, Frankie Eliptico says it's been an exciting week with the event wrapping up on Friday.

Regional Aviation meeting looks at the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector

The Regional Aviation meeting with Pacific Ministers met successfully on Thursday.

Three key outcomes were passed including a revision of the Pacific Island's Civil Aviation Treaty, and the Regional Aviation Strategy in the coming 10 years which compliments the 2050 Blue Strategy.

The Pacific Aviation Safety Office general manager Andrew Valentine said the other item was an update on the assessment of the Covid-19 impact on aviation in the Pacific.

"There is a real need for collaboration, and it was very heartening to hear the desire from a number of members to help each other get moving again and to recover so we can create economic development opportunities that are sort."

Minardi set to join European Parliament

The head of French Polynesia's chapter of France's National Rally is set to join the European Parliament.

Eric Minardi will take a seat vacated after the weekend success of the National Rally in the French National Assembly election where the party increased its presence ten-fold.

Among the newly elected National Rally politicians are several who have been members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

They have decided to quit and sit in the Assembly in Paris instead.

Being 25th on the party's list for the European election in 2019, he had missed out on a seat but has now risen in the rankings to inherit a seat.

Of the European parliament's 705 seats 79 are allocated to France.

Mr Minardi didn't contest the French election this year but stood unsuccessfully a decade ago.

Fiji names new high commissioner to New Zealand

The Fiji Government has made Ratu Inoke Kubuabola the new high commissioner to New Zealand.

Ratu Inoke said it's an honour to represent Fiji in New Zealand and develop the relationship between the two countries.

He wants to negotiate for more Fijians to participate in the Registered Seasonal Employer Scheme, or RSE.

There are currently more than 400 labourers from Fiji involved in the scheme.

Ratu Inoke has been a long time supporter of Frank Bainimarama, serving as his foreign minister for many years.

While in that role he admonished the New Zealand parliament when it called for the Fiji government to do something about beatings dished out by the Fiji security forces.