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Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa announced
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa extended its nationwide lockdown on Wednesday for another 24 hours as a precautionary measure with the 26 positive COVID-19 cases in managed isolation. The Samoa Observer is reporting today that Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa announced the government decision after a...
Dr. Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — As of Jan 25, (yesterday in Samoa), 26 positive cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health for Samoa. All of them are being managed and controlled in quarantine. Currently there is no evidence of a community transmission. All passengers and frontline workers were swabbed...
Faumuina Fa'afetai Sopoaga
Apia, SAMOA — A doctor says Samoa is well-prepared to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community. Samoa went into a two-day lockdown on Saturday after 15 people on a flight from Brisbane tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. University of Otago Pacific health director professor Faumuina...
Satellite image of Nuku'alofa port after volcano eruption
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga faces a long road to recovery, with most of the population affected by the violent eruption and tsunami that followed, and many areas still scrambling to restore basic necessities. Almost 85 percent of the country's population of about 105,000 people has been affected by...
Young man with cases of donated water
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There is an overwhelming sense relief in Tonga with people thankful the death toll is low following last Saturday's volcanic eruption and tsunami. A journalist in Nuku'alofa, Pesi Fonua, has described the event as apocalyptic. He is the father of RNZ Pacific reporter Finau...
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
APIA, Samoa — Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa has declared a nation-wide lockdown starting today, Saturday, Jan. 22 in Apia (Friday in American Samoa) from 6p.m. until 6.p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24 (Sunday in American Samoa) — after 15 passengers who arrived earlier this week on a flight from...
Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is gearing up for a nationwide lockdown after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases off a flight from Brisbane, on Wednesday increased from 10 to 15. Chairman of the ruling FAST Party and Minister of Agriculture, La'auli Leuatea Schmidt, revealed the increase in positive...
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says the government may cancel scheduled repatriation flights from Australia after the arrivial of 10 positive cases amongst 73 passengers from Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon. She said a scheduled repatriation flight from New Zealand on...
New Zealand Defence Force airplane
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first international relief flight to Tonga since last week's volcanic eruption is due to arrive in the kingdom. A New Zealand Defence Force's C-130 Hercules carrying aid supplies left from Whenuapai airbase just before midday yesterday and was scheduled to land at Fua'...
 A view over Nomuka in Tonga
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The Tongan government has confirmed that all houses on the island of Mango were wiped out in the tsunami that followed Saturday's volcanic eruption. It also confirmed that three people are now known to have died: a 65-year-old woman in Mango and a 49-year-old man in Nomuka...

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