Empty seats mark first Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting

Prime ministers from Australia and Papua New Guinea are expected to fly into Suva tonight, however the empty seats with Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Nauru name tags will not be filled.

This morning's meeting for leaders, observers and associate members was opened by Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama, who acknowledged the 'breakdown in communication' with the Micronesian bloc.

He called on the leaders to remember the necessity of re-establishing "our family bonds".

Nauru continues to record new Covid-19 cases

This was confirmed in an announcement by the President, Lionel Aingimea.

He said the results was from the 237 tests that was carried out by the Ministry of Health last week.

A total of 2,402 cases have recovered and one death from the virus.

Ten cases have been admitted to the Acute Care Unit with an additional three carers, four patients with moderate cases and six patients with mild or no Covid symptoms but have underlying illness.

A total of 158 houses are in lockdown with 1,730 residents.

PCRIC Signs MoU with the University of the South Pacific

The partnership will enable institutional cooperation to promote educational programs that help build capacity and technical knowledge of improved disaster risk finance and management in the region.

The MoU was executed by the USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia and the PCRIC CEO, Mr. Aholotu Palu.

Nearly half of Nauru has had Covid

Nearly 1600 cases have recovered, meaning about half of the island's population has been infected in a matter of weeks.

There are nine cases in the hospital's Acute Care Unit.


Nauru Covid-19 active cases over 4,000

The Ministry of Health said there are nine people admitted in the hospital’s Acute Care Unit.

A total of 942 cases have recovered.

The MOH also said 906 residents in 159 houses have recovered and are out of isolation. With an addition of 28 houses yesterday, the total number of houses on lockdown is now 345 with 3,106 residents.

“89 occupants in the quarantine facility (Budapest).”

Nauru shops and restaurants to close at 10pm


Nauru Police Force said the operation has been put in place to  minimise movement of people.

New rules have also been introduced including on-the-spot fines against individuals walking around for non-essential reasons, not wearing a mask, and gatherings of more than three.

Maximum penalties of up to $10,000 will be imposed for non-compliance.

Authorities said there have been many reports of people walking around without masks and leaving home isolation for non-essential reasons.

Double gold medalist lifter is first covid casualty in Nauru

The Oceania Weightlifting Federation has announced the death of Reanna Solomon at the age of 40.

Solomon won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 in the super heavyweight category.

She competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens placing 10th overall, after which she retired from the sport.

As well, Solomon won three gold medals at the 2003 Pacific Games and she was many times Oceania Champion.

Former Nauru president and Nauru's greatest weightlifter Marcus Stephen says she set the standard for other Nauruan lifters to follow.

Covid-19: Nauru records first death; Niue records 10 community cases

Nauru President Lionel Aingimea has expressed his condolences and sympathies for the family via a video statement.

More than 4000 cases have been recorded in the community since the outbreak was announced just over two weeks ago.

There are 3838 active cases in the community as of Saturday night, and 229 people have recovered.

In Niue, the number of active Covid-19 cases at the border has hit ten.

It follows the arrival of the first quarantine-free flight from New Zealand last week.

Covid cases on Nauru continue to rise

President Lionel Aingimea says 220 new cases have been recorded in the latest 24-hour period.

He said, so far, just under 10-thousand (9890) tests have been processed.


Covid cases on Nauru continue to rise

President Lionel Aingimea says 220 new cases have been recorded in the latest 24-hour period.

He said, so far, just under 10-thousand (9890) tests have been processed.