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.
Joint Statement by the Heads of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, the Caribbean Community, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Published on 19 May 2020
State of Emergency and Border Control Measures in the Pacific Region
There is a State of Emergency declared in the following states and countries:
Australian States – ACT, Victoria, Western Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru,New Zealand, Republic Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Kiribati
Forum Country Statistics
Figure 1: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Forum Island Countries
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Last Updated: 06 May 2020. Via: World Health Organisation and individual country health updates.