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Outer islands request to close down borders for domestic travel too

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 26/03/2020

The outer island groups have made requests to government to close down their borders as they do not want any more arrivals, local or otherwise, as they want to take their protective measures for coronavirus a step further.

The Governor of Vava’u – Lord Fakatulolo speaks to Radio and Television Tonga news this morning that Vava’u is now prepared their essential needs and foods as a preparedness if there will be a positive case. He adds that these restrictions are helping minimise drug dealers surrounding the communities.

People Representative of the two Niuas – Hon Vatau Hui says they are hoping to ensure the safety of the borders due to the safe of the people at Niuas.

Meanwhile, the governor of Ha’apai Rev. Dr. Mohenoa Puloka says the island is now working to ensure the health of the people and the people are working together with the Ministry of Health to follow the instruction from the Government.

At the same issue of the safety of people from the COVID-19 – the People Representative of ‘Eua, Sunia Havea says their children are currently studies in Tongatapu they are planning to return them all tomorrow to ‘Eua and they are planning that this is the last ship from Tongatapu to ‘Eua and they have been raised to close down their borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the operation in regards of coronavirus are still carry out in the outer island currently work together with the people to advise them the instruction to minimise mass gathering.

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