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Apia, SAMOA — A tourism slowdown will devastate Pacific economies including Samoa, which faces an 18 per cent downturn, unless major stimulus measures are unveiled quickly, analysis by the ANZ Bank has found.  A Pacific Insight economic impact report prepared for the bank’s private clients by...
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  Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — At a press conference on Sunday (NZ time) Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield confirmed a woman in her 70s on the West Coast (of New Zealand), who was initially thought to have influenza, had died. The woman died in Grey Base Hospital. The woman, who had...
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San Mateo, CALIFORNIA — Tauanu’u Ve’e, of the Regional Pacific Islander Task Force, stressed that it’s important for their communities that people specify their island of origin when filling out the 2020 census questionnaire. Despite mounting worries over the CORVID-19 pandemic, more than a dozen...
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Apia, SAMOA — The World Bank has delivered US$5.1 million in immediate funding to support Samoa's response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The funds will support Samoa's efforts to prepare and manage its response to COVID-19. Samoa currently has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, however,...
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Washington, D.C. — Governments, businesses and residents of the five U.S. territories are poised to obtain billions of dollars in assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Most of the assistance for the territories—Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam,...
Mayor Kirk Caldwell
IN THE PACIFIC  — More Covid-19 cases have been announced in the Pacific, with several countries increasing restrictions as the virus hits the region. Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Pacific Hawaii now has 95 Covid-19 cases. Guam confirmed five more cases of Covid-19 overnight bringing the US...
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  Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service has confirmed that the remaining four escaped prisoners are now back in custody. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, the Samoa Police Commissioner confirmed that all four prisoners were captured in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “Yes. We...
Hawaii State Capitol Building
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an embarrassing blunder, the state Department of Health acknowledged Tuesday that test results which led to Hawaii announcing its first coronavirus-related death had been misread ― and the individual did not die of the illness. “My condolences to the...
Coronavirus screening at Kakaako Waterfront park.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii Department of Health announced Monday night that an Oahu adult is the first state resident to die from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person passed away on March 20th and suffered from multiple underlying health conditions, according to DOH. The available history...
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  Apia, SAMOA — There will be no more flights into Samoa nor will people be allowed to travel between Upolu and Savaii after additional State of Emergency Orders were signed into law Tuesday afternoon (Samoa time) by His Highness the Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II....

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