COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 22 October

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Hugh McClure - 22 Oct 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 22 October

Our fortnightly update on COVID-19 in the Pacific. Papua New Guinea’s health system is being overwhelmed as positive cases in the country skyrocket, while Fiji has begun opening up to international travel, Hugh McClure writes. COVID-19 case numbers across the Pacific have broadly stayed stable this past fortnight with the exception of Papua New Guinea…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 7 October

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Hugh McClure - 7 Oct 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 7 October

Pacific leaders demonstrated their concern for global vaccine inequality at the United Nations this fortnight, Hugh McClure writes. New Caledonia’s deadly COVID-19 outbreak continued to deteriorate this fortnight. 4,539 cases have been recorded in New Caledonia in the past two weeks, bringing its total to 8,142 cases and 157 deaths. 7,990 out of 8,142 total…

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COVID-19: The Pacific Response – Trendlines from Micronesia

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Hugh McClure - 5 Oct 2021

COVID-19: The Pacific Response – Trendlines from Micronesia

The COVID-19 pandemic has not had a consistent impact across the countries and territories of Micronesia. While parts of the sub-region, including Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have remained virus-free throughout the pandemic, the US territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) have been subject to…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 23 September

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Hugh McClure - 23 Sep 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 23 September

Widespread vaccine hesitancy is stifling Papua New Guinea’s vaccine rollout, even as case numbers grow along the country’s border with Indonesia, Hugh McClure writes. New Caledonia has become the latest part of the Pacific Islands region to suffer a major outbreak of COVID-19. 3,603 cases have been now been recorded in the territory, 3,467 of…

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COVID-19 Trendlines: Spotlight on Polynesia

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Hugh McClure - 16 Sep 2021

COVID-19 Trendlines: Spotlight on Polynesia

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the countries and territories of Polynesia account for many of the last remaining places on the planet that have not recorded a single case of COVID-19. Tonga, Tuvalu, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau each remain COVID-free, while Samoa has recorded just one case. This special edition of…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 9 September 2021

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Hugh McClure - 9 Sep 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 9 September 2021

Our fortnightly update on COVID-19 in the Pacific Fiji’s government has claimed that 96.9 per cent of the country’s target population has now received one vaccination dose, Hugh McClure writes. French Polynesian authorities are now no longer publicly announcing COVID-19 case numbers, as the deadly Delta strain outbreak continues to worsen across all of the…

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