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Apia, SAMOA — Following the 7th round of the testing scheduled on Friday Feb. 4; for all passengers on flight QF 115 and all frontline workers in Samoa that serviced the flight, are all in quarantine, with no new positive cases dentified. There remains no evidence of community transmission,...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The Governments of Samoa and Aotearoa New Zealand welcome 2022 commemorating the 60 years of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. This year, 2022 also marks the 60th anniversary of Samoa’s independence from New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Another new COVID-19 case has taken Tonga's tally of cases back to five. This comes after one of the five cases identified on Tuesday returned a negative test. Matangi Tonga reports the new case, who is fully vaccinated, was a co-worker of one of the primary cases who tested...
Tahiti donation vessel for Tonga relief
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's new Prime Minister believes the "resilience" and "strength" of people will get the Kingdom through the impacts of the volcanic eruption, tsunami and now Covid-19. Earlier this week, the prime minister together with Minister of Health Saia Piukala said that one of the...
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The Samoa government has confirmed another positive case following the latest round of tests, a frontline nurse in isolation. Samoa has 31 positive Covid-19 cases in MIQ, a majority who were passengers on a flight from Brisbane. The latest COVID-19 case is a local nurse who was working in a...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer reported yesterday that police are probing a quarantine breach by a nurse and a driver. Late Monday afternoon, Samoa News received the following statement from Samoa’s National Emergency Operation Center: "On Saturday afternoon, 29 January, the Disaster Finance Team...
 The HMAS Adelaide sitting alongside a wharf in Nuku'alofa
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The Kingdom of Tonga will go into nationwide lockdown from 6pm on Wednesday. Speaking via Tongan radio, Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku and Minister of Health Dr Saia Piukala held a media conference on Tuesday night to announce the news. They confirmed that two cases of Covid-19...
Digicel Tonga’s technical team working on satellite link equipment
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Poor weather conditions are preventing a team of engineers from repairing a damaged microwave link on the uninhabited island of Kao in Tonga. The microwave link would restore telecommunications in the Vava'u and Ha'apai group of islands, which have been cut-off from the outside...
Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa lifted the nationwide lockdown at 6 o'clock last night (Friday in Samoa) with a new level of restriction in place with no community transmission of COVID-19 yesterday. In announcing the move Friday morning, Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa confirmed that work and businesses...
Royal Palace in Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's King Tupou VI is urging his people to unify and rise from the ashes of the volcanic eruption and tsunami which devastated the country two weeks ago. "Where there's a will, there's a way," the King said. The King was evacuated to his residence inland at 'Eua, just moments...

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