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Decimation of tourism may plunge Pacific into poverty

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.

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Fiji- 14 Covid-19 cases confirmed

Fiji now has 14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed and the Fijian Government says they will advise the public as soon as possible should this change.

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Guam another confirmed Covid-19 case

In Guam, there are now 113 cases where a recent samples sent for Covid-19 testing returned positive.

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TC Harold: No communication from Vanuatu Islands

RNZ reports that there has been no communication from the Vanuatu islands hardest hit by the powerful Tropical Cyclone Harold

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Pacific gives support in Australia climate crisis

Pacific Islands Forum leaders, who argued with Australia’s prime minister at the Forum summit last year, have now extended the hand of friendship in that country’s time of need.

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Two more children dead from measles

SAMOA – Two more children have died in Samoa’s measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 75.

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'Emptiness in my heart'

Samoan woman tells of losing her husband and then a five-year-old child to measles.

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First day without a death

Officials hopeful new infections in Samoa’s measles epidemic may have peaked. The death toll from Samoa’s measles outbreak remains at 70 after no new fatalities were recorded over the last 24 hours, the ministry of health says.

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'Calm, resourceful' Cook Islands fishing veteran rescued tourists from White Island

When Paul Kingi was fishing off uninhabited Manuae for five days, his friends recall his calm leadership. And this week, as skipper on the White Islands Tours boat, his actions have been hailed as nothing short of heroic.

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Epidemic was 'preventable'

Immunisation expert says Samoa’s measles tragedy should not have happened Samoa’s measles epidemic is ‘tragic’ because it was ‘completely preventable’, according to an expert on global immunisation.

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Japanese diplomat clears air on 'curing' water

SAMOA – Samoa’s ambassador designate of Japan, Genichi Terasawa, is eager to dispel any rumours touting the efficacy of a Japanese brand of filtrated water for treating measles.

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Health workers go door to door

Samoa in lockdown with private vehicles banned from the streets.

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Where does blame lie?

Samoans question how a controllable virus has devastated the nation.

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Samoans surged not to defy curfew

SAMOA – Police in Samoa are warning people not to defy curfew orders under a state of emergency for the country’s measles outbreak.

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Samoa in shutdown

Prime minister closes government offices in effort to fight measles Samoa’s government is to shut down on Thursday and Friday this week so all public sector workers can help with the country’s mass measles vaccination campaign.

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Death toll rises to 42

Samoa’s top health official says the measles epidemic is yet to peak

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Red Cross workers under pressure

SAMOA – Samoa’s measles epidemic and national efforts to immunise have put Red Cross workers under huge pressure as the death toll continues to rise.

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Children under four most at risk

SAMOA – Children in Samoa between six months to four years of age remain the most vulnerable as Samoa’s measles emergency deepens.

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High anxiety' in Samoa

Another child dies as Kiwi medic says situation is ‘incredibly serious’ There has been another measles death in Samoa bringing the total to 33. Sixteen of those to die were aged between one and four years, seven were between six and 11 months– and six were under six months old.

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Forum to urged to recognise Taiwan

PACIFIC – The leaders of five Micronesian states have called on the Pacific Islands Forum to recognise Taiwan and China as equals at its meetings.

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