Latest updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 12, 2021

Covid-19 Claims Upmarket Resort in Samoa

The upmarket iconic Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa in Samoa has announced it is closing down. Manager Sose Annandale told the Samoa Observer she is heartbroken but determined to stay optimistic about the 24 year-old resort's future.
January 6, 2021

Qantas to Resume International Flights Sales from July

The Australian government has warned travellers to not get excited about overseas travel despite Qantas putting international tickets on sale from July 1, saying there's no guarantee they will be able fly as long as Australia's international borders stay shut.
January 6, 2021

Air New Zealand Launches Quarantine-free Flights From Auckland to Brisbane

Starting Thursday, people will be able to fly with Air New Zealand from Aotearoa to Brisbane and not have to quarantine on arrival. The announcement comes after Queensland's Premier Annastacia ...
January 5, 2021

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces severe national lockdown for England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a severe lockdown for England on the back of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.
January 5, 2021

Flights into West New Britain Resume

Airline companies have been ordered to resume flights into and out of the Hoskins Airport in the West New Britain Province for a period of five days, beginning Saturday 02nd January 2021.
January 5, 2021

Air Tahiti Gets Subsidies Extended Until July

The French Polynesian government has agreed to subsidise the domestic carrier Air Tahiti for another six months to maintain loss-making routes.
January 4, 2021

Solomon Islands is Eyeing Support for the COVID-19 Vaccination

Dr. Yogesh Choudri, an advisor and international staff in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says some countries have started their COVID-19 vaccination program under what is called the ‘Emergency Use Authorisation’.
January 4, 2021

Coronavirus: UK shuts all London primary schools as more infectious strain spreads

The British government has decided to close all primary schools in London for the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread of a more infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus, the capital's Mayor said on Friday.
January 4, 2021

Coronavirus: Masks compulsory in New South Wales as cluster grows

Australia's most populous state of New South Wales on Saturday made masks compulsory and imposed new restrictions as its coronavirus cluster expanded by seven, while neighbouring Victoria recorded 10 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
January 4, 2021

Grants on Offer for Pacific Businesses to Rebuild

The New Zealand government has contributed $6.9 million to help businesses in the Pacific recover from the pandemic. Border closures and a loss of trade routes has left many countries struggling, with a recent survey finding just under 50 percent of small to medium businesses in the Pacific have closed or expect to close.
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