French Polynesia detects new Covid-19 variants

The first case was discovered two weeks ago, and another two cases were discovered last week, however, the total number of cases over the territory is still unknown.

Local Covid-19 health expert Henri Pierre Mallet told La Premiere that this new variant might mean a return to a similar situation to previous outbreaks.

"It's more contagious, that's why we are having such an increase.

Covid outbreak ruins Nauru medal hunt

Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue said Nauru informed the council that they were pulling out of the Games the same day the opening ceremony was held.

"Their charter flight was cancelled due to their first-ever COVID-19 outbreak," he said.

Nauru was supposed to send its 35-strong delegation to the 10-day sporting event.

However, during the parade of nations on June 17 at the Oleai Sports Complex, the country was absent as only a flagbearer represented Nauru.


Digicel gives free 100 minutes calls to all its customers in Nauru

Digicel Nauru CEO, Christopher Manaog, said; “We want our customers to stay connected with their friends and family. So, at this time we want to do all that we can to help. Providing our Digicel family with free calls daily for 100 minutes means that they have one less thing to worry about and focus on their livelihood and reconnecting with loved ones.”

Digicel customers will be able to call their loved ones every day for free till Sunday, July 10th.

Nauru shops and restaurants permit only three customers at a time

Authorities have put in place this rule to combat the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Nauru Police warn that businesses that do not adhere to the laws will be fined or forced to close down.

“The 3 customer per shop and restaurants is STILL IN FORCE! Police will be on the lookout for congregation around shops and restaurants!”

“Only 3 customers are allowed at any 1 time, BREACH this!!!And you may be fined and shop closed. “Mask Up! Sanitize! And maintain social distancing!”

There are more than 2000 active Covid cases in Nauru.


Covid strikes All Blacks again with Will Jordan out of Ireland test

Head coach Ian Foster, assistant coaches John Plumtree and midfielders David Havili and Jack Goodhue are already isolating after contracting the virus.

First-five Richie Mo'unga missed Tuesday's training with a stomach bug, but has tested negative for Covid.

Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been called in to help the All Blacks prepare for Saturday's test at a sold out Eden Park.

The quartet are isolating and it's understood they won't re-join the team before Saturday's test at a sold out Eden Park.

Nauru Police warns public to stay at home

Last Friday night police went around closing some shops because there were more than three people inside the store.

The public is advised that only three people are allowed inside a shop at any one time to minimise gatherings and the spread of Covid.

Shop owners must remind customers of this otherwise police will close the business operation

The force has released a notice warning people to stay at home if they are not buying essential needs.

“Police will be moving people on. If YOU are NOT out buying essential needs for YOUR family then stay home!”

Big hike in number of covid cases in Nauru

There are now 606 cases, up from 337 reported on Sunday.

President Lionel Aingimea said that, as of Wednesday morning, 14 people are in negative air pressure units.

He said the vaccination rate is high, at 98 percent.

This is the first time Nauru has experienced community transmission of the virus.

Just 13 cases had been detected at the borded in late March - they have all since recovered.

Nauru government information officer Kelly Amram said Covid-19 protocols are in place in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus.

Nauru Airlines suspends its services till further notice

The service has been suspended for two weeks.

A total of 337 people have been tested positive for Covid and there are community cases as well. 

“As a consequence of national measures being put in place on Nauru to respond to Covid-19 outbreak. Scheduled passenger services into Nauru have been suspended for the next two weeks, or as further advised.”

“Nauru Airlines puts the health and safety of passengers as its top priority and will implement the highest measures to minimise the spread. Air freight services to Nauru will continue as normal.”


Nauru Police urge public to “Mask-Up”

The Nauru Police Force has issued a notice reminding the public to have their mask on at all times, in order to fight the rising numbers of Covid-19 in the country. 

“You are required to have a mask at all times in a public place. Shop owners or keepers must also comply for the benefits of their customers, and the whole country as a whole,” Police said.

Nauru Police is also urging the public to report to the nearest health centre if they show symptoms of the virus.

“The Virus MOVES when PEOPLE move!”

Over 100 Covid-19 cases recorded in Nauru

In his address to the nation, President Lionel Aingimea said of the total number of cases, 101 are placed in isolation and the rest are isolating at home. Some are isolating in Ewa, Baitsi, Aiwo, Boe, Menen, and Ijuw.

“There are only four people in the negative pressure Acute Care Unit (ACU) at the RON Hospital, and none of them are in respiratory distress nor are they in a critical condition needing 24/7 assistance.”

Aingimea said the number of people with COVID is rising but none are in a critical state.