Covid-19 Pacific Update - 02 Oct 20
New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2 restrictions for Auckland (masks on public transport mandatory plus restrictions on mass gatherings) and we'll find out whether this will be extended on Monday the 5th of October. Alert Level 1 restrictions for the rest of the country.
We're giving daily updates via the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister on our Facebook page.
Here is our update for the Pacific Region below -
16 nations & territories in the Pacific have not reported a single Covid19 case and remain Coronavirus FREE!
* American Samoa, the only US jurisdiction, state or territory without a confirmed Covid19 case
* Cook Islands - they have decided to re-open their borders but only to returning residents
* Federated States of Micronesia
* Marshall Islands
* Norfolk Island
* Solomon Islands
* Wallis & Futuna^
2 Pacific Islands nations/territories are now Covid19 FREE although they had positive cases earlier in the year
* New Caledonia^ - Last reported case was in early August and all reported cases have recovered. They have extended travel restrictions in and out of the territory because of the Covid-19 pandemic until March 2021 with the President stating that "to stay Covid-19 free, flights would remain strictly limited and the two-week compulsory quarantine in government-run facilities would be continued"
More information here
* Rapa Nui (Easter Island) - The last active case was in April and on the 1st of July they re-opened schools. 25 people from Easter Island remain stranded Tahiti at the moment. Full story here
^ NB: Both New Caledonia & Wallis and Futuna identified passengers on a flight from France who may have Covid and held them in isolation facilities. Wallis and Futuna is the only French-run territory yet to record a Covid-19 case.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS - 73 total cases since March and 2 deaths, 40 new cases since middle of July.
Three additional individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. This brings the CNMI total to 73 cases. The individuals were identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing on arrival.
Full story here
FIJI - 32 Cases since March & 2 deaths, 4 active cases
The 4 active cases are all imported cases currently in managed isolation.
Fiji stats here
GUAM - 2,550 cases since March, 49 deaths and 635 active cases.
There were 62 who tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, including two Guam Department of Education employees.
Of the 62 newly reported cases, 26 cases were identified through contact tracing. One case reported recent travel from the U.S. and was identified in quarantine.
The state is reporting three additional COVID-19 fatalities Thursday, pushing the official death toll from the virus in Hawaii to 139.
All of the newly-reported deaths were on Oahu. Meanwhile, there were 108 new COVID-19 cases statewide. Of those, 102 were on Oahu and the remaining six were on the Big Island.
It’s the second consecutive day Hawaii has seen a triple-digit increase in new cases after several days of smaller jumps. The uptick comes as the state scrambles to prepare for the Oct. 15 launch of a much-touted pre-travel testing program meant to welcome back trans-Pacific visitors.
Island by Island breakdown here
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 534 total confirmed cases since March, 7 deaths and 11 active cases
Papua New Guinea now has 534 confirmed cases of Covid-19 after two more were reported in the National Capital District over the last 24 hours.
The latest cases are both male, a 34 year old from Morata and a 23 year old from Hohola, bringing the number of cases in the NCD alone to 318.
The 34 year old was tested at a drive-through and showed no symptoms.
The 23 year old tested at Gerehu hospital after experiencing fever and headache.
Seven people have died of the coroanvirus in PNG.
TAHITI & HER ISLANDS - Total of 1790 cases since March, 7 deaths & 341 active cases
There are 124 new cases of covid-19 since Monday according to official figures.
A total of 1,790 cumulative cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed since July 15, authorities announced. Of these, 1,442 were released from isolation and 341 cases are being followed up (active cases).
From July 15 to September 29, 23,852 "CovCheck" self-specimens for travelers were tested by RT-PCR at ILM, of which 42 were positive in total. Among the 25 people currently hospitalized at the CHPF for Covid disease, 7 are in intensive care.
The active cases are mainly located in the urban communes of Tahiti. 24 cases are followed in Moorea, 5 in Bora Bora, 1 in Raiatea, 1 in Huahine, 2 in Arutua and 1 in Raivavae.
On Monday, a 7th death linked to covid-19 was announced.
Faced with the increase in cases, authorities decided on September 15 to continue restricting gatherings until October 15.
Full update via TNTV news here