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Life returning to normal in PNG after Covid-19 state of emergency

18 Jun 2020

Life is returning to normal in Papua New Guinea this week with the end of the Covid 19 State of Emergency.

But some things are still restricted.

PNG's Emergency Covid-19 Act lapsed on Tuesday and schools are now allowed to revert to normal classes, churches can conduct services again and sporting activities can resume.

However the passage of the National Pandemic Act last week means international flights and border crossings are still banned.

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Repatriation flights between the two Samoas to begin today

18 Jun 2020

The first repatriation flights between the two Samoas are scheduled to begin today.

More than 160 American Samoans have been stranded in Apia since the Covid-19 lock down and dozens of Samoans are also keen to return home from Pago Pago.

Local media are reporting at least 40 people a day could be repatriated with both Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways operating flights.

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UN to survey Samoans about Covid-19 lock down

17 Jun 2020

A survey is being carried out Samoa to assess the impact of the Covid-19 State of Emergency on households.

The United Nations wants to know what the social and economic effect of Covid restrictions have been.

It's looking at economic and food security, employment, debt and standards of living.

Results will help the Samoa Government and aid donors better understand how Samoans are coping with the pandemic.

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Tonga practices Covid-19 repatriations

17 Jun 2020

A drill for repatriating Tongans stranded in New Zealand by Covid-19 has been hailed as a success.

Fifty nursing students yesterday played the part of the first 50 Tongan citizens the government hopes to repatriate in July.

For the drill, the students were met on the tarmac at Fua'motu Airport by health officials and police, who guided them to the terminal for the quarantine inspection process.

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Seventh Covid-19 relief flight arrives in Tahiti

15 Jun 2020

Another 202 people have been flown to French Polynesia on a French government-sponsored relief flight from Paris - the seventh such flight since the Covid-19 related shutdown of air services.

The French High Commission said the Air Tahiti Nui plane carried patients who had completed their care in France, students and French public servants.

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Marshall Islands extends travel ban while making exceptions

15 Jun 2020

The Marshall Islands has extended its ban on incoming travellers to 5 July, but repatriated nine Marshallese stranded in Pohnpei and allowed the first group of five essential workers to return to the US Army missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll.

These two groups were the subject of Covid-19 testing prior to departing Pohnpei and Honolulu, and are undergoing a two-week quarantine with multiple tests prior to release.

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What is Pacific Brothers about?  A rugby show that enables fans to experience rugby issues through a Pacifc lens... hosted by Oscar Kightley

 

A 45 minute rugby podcast hosted by rugby journalists Alice Soper and Hamish Bidwell and  All Black great Frank Bunce.