Sailors quarantined after forced diversion to Vanuatu

The two sailors were sailing to Europe from French Polynesia when they had mechanical problems that forced them to divert their course.

They are isolating on their yacht in a harbour zone set aside for quarantine, and awaiting the result of COVID-19 tests and clearance from authorities.

Both have been vaccinated at French Polynesia, which is the last place they visited and is COVID-19 free, The Daily Post said.


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Travellers to Western Australia still required to quarantine

Western Australia plans to keep treating New Zealand arrivals like international travellers and enforcing mandatory quarantine - bursting some potential travellers' hopes of travel bubble bliss.

Among them is Moira Green, who launched straight into plans to see her two sons and granddaughter in Fremantle after the announcement of quarantine-free trans-Tasman trips on Tuesday.

Her travel agent broke the news she'd still have to spend two weeks and at least $2500 staying in government-run quarantine if she wanted to get to the state.

Luke Evans' Quarantine Transformation Proves Hard Work Pays Off

The Murder Mystery star has never looked better in a new set of transformation photos he posted to Instagram.

Luke shared the side-by-side shots on Friday, March 19, and let's just say his fitness regimen has really put our quarantine hobbies to shame. 

He wrote, "8 months of work but I got there. June 2020 - February 2021." Not bad for 41 years of age, or as he noted, "#nearly42."

Vanuatu has 2 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine

Prime Minister Bob Loughman confirmed the cases in a press conference broadcast live on VBTC this evening.

A 46-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man arrived in the country on 27 February and were placed in mandatory quarantine.

Loughman said the two people tested positive for Covid-19 on the fifth day of the routine test.

He added that they have been moved to the isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital.

Loughman assured the public that all protocol measures are in place to ensure the cases are contained.

Seventy-two players to quarantine after another positive Covid test on Melbourne flight

Twenty-five players - thought to mostly be qualifiers - on board the flight from Doha to Melbourne must isolate in their room for 14 days.

Heather Watson is one of 47 players who were already quarantining and some are frustrated by the confinement.

Tournament organisers said the players were "already in quarantine hotels".

An Australian Open statement said: "One positive Covid-19 test has been returned from a passenger on a charter flight into Melbourne from Doha which arrived at 5.30am on 16 January.

Players unable to practice before season-opening grand slam

Two dozen players who arrived from Los Angeles entered strict hotel quarantine after an aircrew member and Australian Open participant who is not a player tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Later, another non-player passenger on a flight from Abu Dhabi tested positive, prompting the organisers to usher 23 players into hotel quarantine.

All three who tested positive had been transferred to a health hotel, the organisers said in a statement.

The players would not be able to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days and until they are medically cleared, they said.

All Blacks out of quarantine, reunite with whānau and friends

Having completed their Tri Nations programme in Australia, where they won the competition and also retained the Bledisloe Cup, the All Blacks were required to spend a fortnight in quarantine when they came back to New Zealand.

Now they are free to go home and enjoy their off-season before returning for training with their clubs next year to prepare for Super Rugby Aotearoa.

All Blacks stars Ardie Savea and Aaron Smith posted similar photos to Instagram. They were wearing masks as they prepared to leave their hotels on Monday morning.

Chinese engineers in 28 days quarantine in Vanuatu

The government announced the country's first case of Covid-19 yesterday.

A ni-Vanuatu man arrived in Port Vila from the US, via Australia and New Zealand, and was found to be infected during a routine test on Tuesday.

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation said 28 of its engineers arrived yesterday afternoon on a charter flight and they were free from Covid-19.

The company said they were tested 72 hours before they left China and will spend 28 days in quarantine in Port Vila under the new rules declared yesterday.

Vanuatu remains Covid-19 free

Testing of 253 people in quarantine is ongoing.

A total of 2185 persons quarantined and provided daily health checks in Phase 2; 1932 completed 14-days of quarantine and were cleared to join their families and communities.

Surveys and psychosocial assessments of those in quarantine indicate no/low or mild levels of distress (100%) with quarantine viewed by most as being easy (71%) or a little bit difficult (25%).

There is no indication of increased influenza-like illness or acute respiratory infection in the community.

Australia in talks over quarantine-free travel

The first agreement would be with New Zealand, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Other nations that could follow suit are Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Pacific Island nations.

Australia closed its borders in March, early into the pandemic.

To date, it has recorded 27,263 cases and 898 deaths.

It has fared better than other nations but recently saw a second wave in the state of Victoria, forcing Melbourne and its surrounding areas into another lockdown. Infections have fallen dramatically since.