Samoa passengers under investigation

EOC chairperson Agafili Shem Leo said they had heard rumours some of the passengers had travelled for a funeral and they would dig deeper into the matter.

Agafili said overseas based Samoans were not allowed to make short visits home for funerals, weddings and other family events.

"The only people allowed are returning citizens who have been on work assignment overseas and students on scholarship and patients on the overseas medical treatment scheme," Agafili said.

Covid-19 spread in New Caledonia picks up pace

The authorities say there are now 2520 active cases in the community.

20 people are in hospital care of whom seven are in intensive care.

The surge in case numbers follows the arrival of the Omicron variant this month and has prompted calls for more testing centres to open as more people show symptoms.

Rapid antigen tests with health professionals are free until at least the end of the month.

Selftests can be bought in pharmacies but their results aren't recognised to be able to get a health pass.

Fiji will not lift Covid-19 restrictions - MOH

This comes amid 16 deaths and close to 350 new cases reported in the community last weekend.

Fiji's Health Secretary Dr James Fong says the spike in cases was experienced after a few health measures were relaxed in November last year.

"Our biggest worry remains compliance to the informal setting, especially among the informal dwellings where we may have some problem with providing oversight over the Covid-safe measures.

"They remain the most significant areas of risk and the most significant areas of transmission that can happen," Dr Fong said

Crusaders move pre-season game from Blenheim to Christchurch in red setting

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge confirmed on Monday morning that the match, originally scheduled for Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park on February 11, will be played “behind closed doors’’ in Christchurch.

Mansbridge said the “substantial cost of delivering this fixture at a regional venue, paired with the current Omicron situation in New Zealand and the country’s move overnight to the red traffic light setting, means hosting the fixture at its current venue is now untenable”.

Samoa announces new public hospital’s requirements

Fully vaccinated people are the only ones that are given the green light to use the outpatient facility at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital.

MOH released a statement stating: "The general public is also reminded that as part of our ongoing national campaign against COVID19, we will be enforcing strict entry only to those outpatient cases who have completed both doses of their vaccination (Pfizer or AstraZeneca).”

"It is also compulsory to wear a mask when entering the hospital at all times.”

Samoa announces lockdown from 6pm tonight until 6pm on Monday

The prime minister has just confirmed this at an emotional press announcement from her office.

The 48 hour lockdown was recommended by the National Emergency Operations Committee (NEOC) and lifts the emergency alert level to 3 or high risk.

Only essential services will be allowed but all offices and shops including all public transport will be closed including all churches.

"No vehicles will be allowed on the roads during his time and Police will be monitoring."

Over 200 teachers in Fiji test positive for Covid-19

The Ministry of Education confirmed that the teachers are from Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary schools.

Education Minister, Premila Kumar said some students have been trained to become Covid monitors.

This is a support system created in schools by the Ministry.

Kumar said the students will be supporting teachers in monitoring the health of their classmates and ensuring a safe environment for learning.

Tearful Adele postpones entire Las Vegas residency

"Half my team have Covid and it's been impossible to finish the show," she said, adding that "delivery delays" had also played havoc with her plans.

She was due to play the first of 24 planned shows at the Caesars Palace's Colosseum on Friday, 21 January.

Announced late in November, the Weekends With Adele series was scheduled to have the singer performing two shows every weekend until April.

Tickets ranged from $85 (£60) to $685 (£500), and Adele was forecast to make more than £500,000 per show.


Covid numbers soar in Solomons

It takes to 81 the number of cases in the country, which until this week had had just a handful of people with the virus.

The cases are spread throughout the country with Ontong Java and parts of Guadalcanal in lockdown.

The outbreak began with the illegal entry of a vessel from Papua New Guinea to Ontong Java last week.

That vessel delivered at least 23 cases of Covid-19.

The virus has since spread to Guadalcanal, prompting a lockdown in Honiara that is due to finish tomorrow morning.

New Covid-19 cases recorded in Samoa

Samoa's Director General of Health Dr Take Naseri confirmed the cases, which include an 11 month old baby, during a press conference this afternoon in Apia.

The passengers were on a flight from Brisbane carrying 73 people.

All are fully vaccinated and had tested negative for Covid-19 before departure.

Dr Take Naseri said all of the passengers who tested positive since arriving in Samoa have been put into isolation and all are asymptomatic.