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.

Message from the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers, Hon Simon Kofe

News Updates

Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Islands Program, sits down with Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting health, economics, local communities, climate change, regionalism and geopolitics in the Pacific region, The Lowy Institute, Published 29 May 2020 
WHO/PIF medical supplies arrive in Fiji, Radio New Zealand, Published on 26 May 2020
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
[WEBINAR]: “COVID-19 and the Pacific Islands: Weathering Two Crises”, 15 May 2020
What might the Pacific look like in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis? Pacific Beat, ABC, 24 April 2020
In Tok Pisin, Het blong Pacific Islands Forum ino wanbel long US President istopim stap igo long WHO, ABC News, 24 April 2020
In Depth: Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, Islands Business, 23 April 2020
First Delivery of Medical Supplies Arrive through the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions – Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19
Op -Ed: COVID-19 and Climate Change- We Must Rise to Both Crises, written by the Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum, Dame Meg Taylor can be read HERE.
Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Agree to Establish a Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19
Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to Consider Regional Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


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
Border closures
Federated States of Micronesia and Republic Marshall Islands

Forum Country Statistics

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

Country Confirmed Cases Deaths
Australia 7118 102
New Zealand 1504 21
French Polynesia 89 0
Fiji 18 0
New Caledonia 18  0
Papua New Guinea 8 0
Nauru 0 0
Federated States of Micronesia 0  0
Cook Islands 0 0
Niue 0 0
Palau 0 0
Kiribati 0 0
Republic of Marshall Islands 0 0
Samoa 0 0
Solomon Islands 0 0
Tonga 0 0
Tuvalu 0 0
Vanuatu 0 0

Last Updated: 26 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.