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Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's police commissioner has warned of prosecution for people breaching State of Emergency orders put in place due to the covid-19 pandemic. Emergency provisions issued on Friday include restricting all public gatherings in the country to no more than five people. Public transport...
Tanumalala high security prison.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are warning the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities after an estimated 29 prisoners escaped. In a statement, police said: "at 8.44pm SPS was notified by the Samoa Prisons and Correction Services that an estimate of 29 prisoners have escaped from the...
Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram
Honolulu, HAWAII — As Hawaii’s hotel and restaurant sector reels from Gov. David Ige’s announcement of a 14-day quarantine for tourists visiting the islands, Hawaiian Airlines, the state’s largest and perhaps most important single travel-related company, also faces enormous uncertainty. Like the...
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Apia, Samoa — On Sunday, March 21, 2020 (Samoa time) amendments to the Coronavirus (COVID19) State of Emergency Orders were approved and signed into law by his Highness the Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvii II. The new amendments include suspending flights between Samoa and...
Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
PACIFIC ISLANDS — More travel restrictions and measures have been imposed around the Pacific as cases in the region continue to increase. People in French Polynesia have been told to stay at home from midnight for at least 15 days as the coronavirus outbreak keeps spreading. At a briefing this...
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Honolulu, Hawaii — More than a thousand people in Hawaii had been tested for COVID-19 by Thursday, but the vast majority of the tests were conducted by private laboratories. The Hawaii Department of Health has only conducted 40 tests based on direct physician referrals for patients who are severely...
PACIFIC REGION — Pacific nations and terrorities are deepening their restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over 50 people in the region, including Hawai'i, have now tested positive for Covid-19, while dozens more are being held in isolation while tests are carried out. Fiji...
Samoa PM, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has declared a state of emergency which went into effect midnight March 20, 2020 Samoa time. The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, announced the measures will be in effect for 14 days. The Government Press Secretariat */ media release says the order includes...
Fiji Airways plane on the tarmac
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Countries around the Pacific continue to scramble to implement measures to safeguard citizens from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Fiji has restricted entry to all travellers from the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime...
 Air Niugini and Fiji Airways parked at Nadi International Airport
Apia, SAMOA —The Ministry of Health has activated a Hotline to monitor the Coronavirus at its National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) on a 24/7 basis. The Deputy Director General for Public Health Service, Dr. Robert Thomsen confirmed that the Strategic Plan for COVID-19 is already in place with...

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