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The government will spend around Vt50 million to cover the quarantine cost of over 1,500 citizens and residents in the first repatriation phase, said Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Esline Bule.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic is the most extensive to afflict humanityin a century. It poses a grave threat tohuman life and health.

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Market vendors who have become victims of the decision by the SHEFA Provincial Government Council (SPGC) to limit number of vendors at the Manples Market, are currently using the parking lot within the premises of Cellovila at Tebakor area.

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As repatriation flights are planned for Ni-Vanuatu currently stranded overseas, the Ministry of Health (MOH) conducted a mock drill at the Port Vila International Airport yesterday on how to manage these flights.

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The mandatory quarantine costs the Vanuatu Government had to meet for quarantining around 60 citizens and residents who initially returned overseas to date is approximately Vt13 million, said Acting Director of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Johnson Wabaiat.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading to Pacific island countries (PICs), posing a severe threat to their economies and human security. Donors are aiding the region. For example, the United States has provided more than US$32 million to PICs. Australia announced AU$10.5 million as…

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management wish to inform all business sectors nationwide, that the Government has now established its policy directions in light of the COVID -19 pandemic, to confirm which business sectors are eligible to benefit directly from the announced Economic Sti…

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The Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and the Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) in Santo as the country’s main referral hospitals must be fully equipped with necessary equipment to handle COVID-19 cases if there is any detection.

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In the Pacific we aspire to endurance and sustainability. But progress is difficult to sustain when we face multiple threats that reverse decades of development gains in a matter of hours or days.

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MP-elect for Port Vila, Ralph Regenvanu, has stepped in to assist his voters who lost their means of earning an income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Caretaker Minister of Meteorology, Geological Hazards and Climate Change Bruno Leingkone has issued several orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act to direct Government agencies responding to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold.

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Twenty-six-year old Harper Lini Vanua of North Pentecost has become the first person to speak well of Coronavirus.

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The Government has announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Advisory team to assist the National Disaster Management Office implement prevention and containment measures to respond to the COVID – 19 pandemic in the region and keep Vanuatu free of the Virus.

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Caretaker Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has acknowledged China for responding positively to Vanuatu’s request to provide the necessary supplies and equipment, in order to support its health system in case there are confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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The Council of Ministers (COM) met on Thursday this week and made the following decision (Decision No. 17) requesting for a State of Emergency (SoE) for: (1) Continuing Prevention and Strengthening Containment Measures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic; and (2) to respond to the Tropical Cycl…

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It was a relief to hear all returned citizens and residents from abroad released from quarantine last weekend at Port Vila after none developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

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Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, has confirmed the Council of Ministers (COM) in its meeting yesterday agreed for the Government to use Vt125 million to help families affected by cyclone Harold and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat.

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Scott Morrison has talked about Australia’s responsibility to the Pacific in the wake of COVID-19. He was right to do so. But recent history from parts of the Pacific can also teach us a thing or two at this harrowed time, most especially about how to gear up a population in service of a com…