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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Russell Tamata has confirmed that a repatriate has breached quarantine protocols over the weekend. 

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Frontline health workers who are and will be risking their own health to take care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic are entitled to a risk allowance of Vt18,000 on top of their usual pay.

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The Government, through the Council of Ministers (COM) has endorsed the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) to lift temporary travel restrictions issued over Efate and its offshore islands.

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The SHEFA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to better manage and coordinate emergency response on Efate and its offshore islands, following the confirmation of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Vanuatu.

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The movement of people on north Tanna to other parts of the island is temporarily restricted as seven people were sent to quarantine after reportedly getting into contact with occupants on a yacht that had arrived illegally in Vanuatu from French Polynesia.

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A team from the WASH Cluster has been visiting businesses in Port Vila which include shops, restaurants, nakamals and any institution generating any form of revenue to ensure they are still complying with the hand hygiene order issued under the State of Emergency (SoE).

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The 23-year-old who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been transferred out from the quarantine site to the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) Isolation Ward yesterday night. 

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The Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) has advised all interested candidates that have been selected for interviewing process for the police recruit position, that all interviews scheduled to take place in all respective provinces have been put on hold.

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Air Vanuatu has announced it has taken the necessary steps to temporarily suspend its domestic passenger services in and out of Port Vila, in compliance with the directive issued by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV).

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Piles of donated medical supplies given through a partnership agreement with SHaRM Australian Foundation and the Rotary Club have been discarded since last year at the Epauto Multipurpose Hall in Port Vila.

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Since the border closure in March due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the number of domestic violence cases in Vanuatu has surged and almost tripled compared to the average reports for previous years, Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) Research Officer Sharon Frank revealed.

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The whole island of Efate has been placed in a temporary lockdown as of yesterday afternoon. 

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Four of Vanuatu’s own Science Lecturers that lecture at Vanuatu’s Institute of Teacher Education (VITE) in Port Vila, have engraved their names in the history of teaching science in the country by writing the country’s first “Holistic Approach to Addressing COVID-19 in Vanuatu”.

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The Australian Coalition Government did something very unusual in the aid budget last night. It increased foreign aid. It kept the headline aid figure at $4 billion (as per last year’s forward estimates), but then said it would spend another $211 million this year to respond in the region to…

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Lockdowns across the world have pushed people into the privacy of their homes, unintentionally closing the shutters on violence against children. Children and young people are facing unprecedented threats to their childhoods and futures as a result of COVID-19.

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Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) otherwise known as the ‘Silent Killer’ has been placed on the backburner while Vanuatu continues to keep, what it seems like its full attention, on COVID-19.

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The previous article in this series looked at how much Pacific governments were spending in response to COVID-19. Of equal interest is the question of what they are spending on. As part of Devpolicy’s Pacific Covid Economic Database research, we have attempted to answer this question for the…

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In these ever changing and complex times, we understand that being informed and up to date is not easy. In an attempt to ensure we share as much information as possible, we will be providing more regular updates such as this one. While the current COVID-19 situation is still one of rapid cha…

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The Council of Ministers (CoM) decision No. 103 on July 16 has approved the commencement of negotiations for the travel bubble, now officially known as the Tamtam Bubble.

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All of us are currently faced with making challenging and complex decisions during these strange COVID-19 times. For me as the Commissioner of Labour, this complexity was magnified when playing a key role in making decisions around repatriation. There is the constant dilemma of how do we kee…

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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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