COVID-19 cases

More Covid-19 cases in French Polynesia as pandemic eases

The health authorities say five patients are in hospital.

The number of active cases has almost halved in the past week and is now 662.

More than 80 percent of those 12 years and older have had two jabs.

Pandemic-related restrictions were further relaxed earlier this month by exempting more people from the obligation to be vaccinated.

There is also no longer a need to show a vaccine pass for domestic travel.


Vanuatu total lockdown imminent

Minister Bruno Leingkone said he has discussed this with the Health Directors, Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers (COM).

“I am calling on people residing in Santo, Efate and its offshore islands to prepare, in case we go through a total lockdown,” he said.

Minister Leingkone stressed that the number of COVID-19 cases on Santo and Efate continues to increase because the people are not respecting protocols in place and instructions from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

World Cup qualifier disrupted by Covid

The tests were conducted prior to the Vanuatu squad departing their team hotel for the stadium.

Vanuatu would not have had enough players to field a team.

OFC is yet to make a statement on the future of the game.

In the other game on the opening day, beaten finalists from the last tournament in 2017, the Solomon Islands beat the Cook Islands 2-0.

New Zealand's opening game is against Papua New Guinea tomorrow.


Photo: Screenshot  Caption: The FIFA World Cup Oceania qualifying match between Tahiti and Vanuatu did not go ahead. 

Vanuatu numbers to 473

This takes the tally in the country this year to 473.

All of the additional cases occurred on Efate.

The government is pleading with people to follow the safety protocols.

It has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am in all commercial areas, while there is a ban on roadside food stalls and kava bars operating.


Covid-19 continues to ravage Super Rugby

Covid-19 outbreaks in the Blues, Highlanders, and Crusaders squads have forced a change in the schedule.

The only game that will be played this weekend is Moana Pasifika against the Chiefs at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland in Saturday night.

The original schedule had the Highlanders playing host to Moana Pasifika in Dunedin, the Blues playing the Crusaders in Christchurch, and the Hurricanes versus the Chiefs in Wellington.

Moana Pasifika have only played one game in their debut season so far - that was against the Crusaders earlier this month.

Covid-19 numbers grow in Highlanders and Blues camps

In a release the Highlanders said they had cancelled today's training session, but at this point there has been no decision made on Friday's game in Dunedin.

They said there had been no change to the rest of their schedule this week.

The Highlanders have managed to play four games so far this season, losing all four of them.

However, another postponed game would be a major setback for Moana Pasifika, who have played just one game so far.

They had two games postponed at the start of the season because of Covid-19 in their camp.

Two more deaths, 15,540 new cases and 952 in hospital

Two Covid-related deaths have also been reported and there are 952 people in hospital, including 19 in intensive care.

The average age of people in hospital is currently 58.

Of the two Covid-related deaths, one was in Waikato and one was in Canterbury. Both people were women aged over 70.

The total number of publicly reported Covid-19 related deaths to date is now 115, the ministry said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the whānau and friends of all those who have died."

Vanuatu confirms 95 Covid-19 cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH), announced the new number of cases at a media conference yesterday afternoon.

MOH also confirmed that 35 new active cases were reported in the last 24 hours, 26 on Efate Island and 9 on Santo Island.

According to the MOH Covid-19 Situation Report, 74 cases are from Port Vila, SHEFA province and 9 cases from Luganville, SANMA province.

MOH has set up a tent as a triage and testing site for people presenting with flu-like symptoms at Vila Central Hospital.

“As of today, only mild cases have been reported.

Whole of Vanuatu in full lockdown

The change was announced as Vanuatu reported 35 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

The initial 48-hour curfew period covering Efate and its offshore islands ends at 6pm today.

An amendment order to include 5 other provinces was signed by the Minister of Health, Bruno Leingkone yesterday and published in the Official Gazette.

The Health Emergency Order paragraph 3 “(1A) stated that, A curfew is applied in islands in the SHEFA province and in all the following provinces in Vanuatu, TAFEA province, MALAMPA province, PENAMA province, SANMA province and TORBA province,

18,833 new community cases, 597 people in hospital, five deaths

The ministry has reported 18,833 new community cases of Covid-19 today, with 597 people in hospitals, including 10 people who need intensive care.

It said 9789 cases reported today were in Auckland, which recorded more than 13,000 cases yesterday, with health authorities in New Zealand's largest city hoping the Omicron wave had peaked.