Pacific Wayfinder: PNG’s COVID-19 challenge

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Ben Bohane - 8 Jun 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: PNG’s COVID-19 challenge

While much of the Pacific has kept the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic under control so far, Papua New Guinea still may not have reached the peak of the crisis, Ben Bohane writes for the Pacific Wayfinder series. When Dr Henry Ivarature left his Port Moresby home earlier this year to move to Canberra,…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 3 June

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Hugh McClure - 3 Jun 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 3 June

Papua New Guinea is reporting higher than expected vaccination numbers, whilst Fiji has announced it will be opening temporary hospitals to deal with the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Hugh McClure writes. The COVID-19 situation in Fiji has escalated considerably this fortnight. 264 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, bringing the country’s…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 20 May 2021

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Hugh McClure - 20 May 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 20 May 2021

Lockdown restrictions are being lifted in parts of Fiji, while there are fears vaccines supplied to Papua New Guinea by Australia may expire before they are administered, Hugh McClure writes. The Suva-Nausori Corridor lockdown has been lifted this week, with the capital region again divided into two containment zones. The easing of restrictions came despite…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 6 May 2021

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Hugh McClure - 6 May 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 6 May 2021

There are now 51 active cases of COVID-19 in Fiji, following the detection of the Indian-variant of the virus in the country. Fiji has now recorded 121 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. 55,000 tests have been conducted in the country, with almost 6,000 in the past fortnight alone. Case numbers continue to rise in…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 22 April

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Hugh McClure - 22 Apr 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 22 April

Fiji has recorded its first case of community transmission in 12 months, whilst COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in Papua New Guinea, Hugh McClure writes. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is hurtling toward 10,000 known COVID-19 cases, with 9,952 cases now confirmed in the country and 91 deaths. Despite the rapid increase in identified cases, health authorities continue to caution that…

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PNG COVID19 Surge – The Numbers Don’t Tell the Full Story

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Henry Ivarature - 16 Mar 2021

PNG COVID19 Surge – The Numbers Don’t Tell the Full Story

“We’re going to see more deaths in the very near future. We should all do our very best to slow it [transmission] as much as possible, because if the number of new infections is such that there are too many sick people for our health system to cope with, the health system will collapse. It will literally collapse.”

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