Nauru Covid-19 test results for 20 return negative

The passengers were quarantined at the Meneñ Hotel.

In the latest update by President Lionel Aingimea, twenty-eight others, who are residing at the Anibare village will be tested next week.

A fisheries observer who arrived on Saturday 6 September was also tested last night, and returned a negative result.

Five Nauruans in India including those on medical treatment are ready for repatriation.

The COVID-19 taskforce is working with Australia to allow them to transit through Brisbane.

Nauru remains coronavirus free as latest results of 23 tests return negative

In his latest update on the coronavirus situation, President Lionel Aingimea said 23 people quarantined at the Anibare village were tested last week, all returned negative results and were released on Thursday, 20 August.

New arrivals include 29 Canstruct staff staying at the Anibare village while nine other passengers are residing at the Budapest Hotel for the duration of their quarantine time.

Everyone that leaves quarantine are advised that if they feel unwell, to self-isolate and call 191.

WFP humanitarian Air Service supports Covid-19 response in Pacific

The flight departed Brisbane, Australia, with a stop in Nadi, Fiji, then Kiribati and Nauru. Cargo on-board included personal protective equipment such as face shields, masks, surgical gowns, as well as ventilators and testing cartridges, transported on behalf of the Government of Kiribati, the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government. 

Nauru removes PNG from safe countries list

PNG is struggling to contain Covid-19 with 359 cases confirmed there yesterday, the majority in the capital Port Moresby.

Nauru remains covid free but continues to prepare its health facilities for a potential outbreak.

The government said special requests from individuals for coronavirus testing prior to departure from Nauru would soon be accommodated but it would be a paid service because it falls outside mandatory testing requirements.

Nauru has also been working to allay fears surfacing in the community that the coronavirus could be imported on cargo.

USAID provides ventilators to Nauru to respond to COVID-19

The US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru Joseph Cella presented the life-saving machines to Nauru’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Micheal Aroi in Suva today (Wednesday).

Cella said the US continues to lead the global response to this financially devastating and cruel plague, allocating nearly US$21 billion in the global fight against it.

He added that the donation from the American people will boost Nauru’s health care preparedness capacity to respond with such treatment should any case arise.

Nauru considers special requests for COVID-19 tests prior to departure

However, these tests are outside the government’s mandatory testing requirements and therefore fees will apply to cover lab testing and doctor’s consultation fees.

This new requirement was highlighted today in this week’s situational update on COVID-19 by President Lionel Aingimea.

President Aingimea says Nauru remains free of coronavirus but elsewhere in the region the virus isn’t slowing down.

Nauru Government to celebrate Public Service Day

The Secretary for Corporate Services Peta Gadabu has been nominated the committee chair, with BDM Registrar Francis Deireragea as vice-chair and Ruth Dagiaro as secretary.

Representatives from NPF, multicultural affairs, audit, land transport, sports, finance, presidency, chief sec and ministerial attended the first planning meeting on 4 August.

As this is the first public service day to be held under President Aingimea’s administration, it is an opportunity to add new ideas and fresh insights into the programme.

UAE sends medical aid to Pacific Island countries in fight against COVID-19

The countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Cook Islands, and Niue.

Commenting on the delivery, Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Australia, said, "Today’s aid shipment to Pacific island countries reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to support and stand by these countries to contain the spread of COVID-19 by providing critical medical supplies and protection to strengthen the efforts of healthcare personnel."

Nauru President warns against relaxing COVID-19 preventative measures

In his address this week, the president underscored that this second wave of COVID-19 is worse than the first with increasing global concerns of third and fourth waves.

Closer to home in Australia, the state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster on Sunday.

Australia-wide there are 17,895 cases and 208 deaths.

In Fiji, there have been 27 cases, 19 have recovered and one death recorded relating to COVID-19.

Papua New Guinea now has 62 coronavirus cases, 46 of them are new cases from this past week.

Nauru remains COVID-19 free, ensures testing systems work well

Australian media reports that the State of Victoria has recorded over 400 new cases daily over a few days with increased deaths, marking them as deadliest days in Australia since the pandemic began.

The president says there are a number of Nauruans living in Victoria and they are remembered during this time.

Papua New Guinea also recorded 23 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, taking their total number of active cases to 51.

At home, the 43 new passengers that arrived on Friday 24 July are in quarantine at the Meneñ Hotel and Canstruct Village.