COVID -19 Updates from the Secretariat

Message from the Secretariat

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency of unprecedented scale, posing extreme danger to the health and security of our Pacific people. Never before has a crisis impacted so directly on all 18 Members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Pacific Island countries have taken proactive and strong measures to protect their people and prevent the spread of COVID-19 including enacting ‘states of emergency’ and stringent border and travel restrictions. In some cases, these measures are restricting the movement of medical and humanitarian supplies, equipment and personnel by the World Health Organisation and other regional and international actors.

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have invoked the Biketawa Declaration to respond to COVID-19, as one Blue Pacific family. The Biketawa Declaration provides the regional framework for responding to Member states’ request for assistance in times of crisis.

A Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 (PHP-C) has been established to enable efficient movement of medical supplies, humanitarian assistance and technical experts to Pacific Island Forum states. The first delivery of medical supplies arrived through the PHP-C in Fiji on April 21. The personal protective equipment will be distributed in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and French Polynesia by the WHO.

News Updates


State of Emergency and Border Control Measures in the Pacific Region

Forum Country Statistics

Figure 1: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Forum Island Countries


CountryConfirmed CasesDeaths
New Zealand148720
French Polynesia580
New Caledonia18 0
Papua New Guinea80
Federated States of Micronesia0 0
Cook Islands00
Kiribati 00
Republic of Marshall Islands00
Solomon Islands00

Last Updated: 06 May 2020. Via: World Health Organisation and individual country health updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to find out more

Please adhere to the advice from your local authorities.

The Pacific Community has detail on our regional public health response.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.