COVID-19: Pacific Community Updates

This page will be regularly updated as new information is received 


The COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 2019) outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Globally, nations are taking actions to reduce and control the spread of the virus. 

For information on global efforts to manage this outbreak, visit the WHO website for current situation reports on COVID-19: (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports)

Current Status in the Pacific

21 countries (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Pitcairn Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna) in the PICTs have reported cases and deaths.

For more details and data, please consult the below map and charts.

For further information on specific countries in the Pacific contact the respective government authorities. 

Covid Recent cases Map

 
 
 

(*) This includes all cases reported (imported/border cases and locally acquired cases) with a reporting date.

You can print or download the map in PNG, JPEG and PDF format by clicking on the hamburger menu ☰ on the top right corner

Pacific Island Countries and territories2021-122022-012022-022022-032022-042022-052022-062022-072022-082022-092022-102022-112022-12
ASAmerican Samoa1122854474586961926555795281688247826082658302
CKCook Islandsn/cn/c421986499056755774604262656389640564756533
FJFiji53871628556393064409646436503165713676176817168242682646837568750
FMMicronesia (Federated States of)n/cn/cn/cn/c530355258747513953222032203522247
GUGuam19607323314434447265481324907551898552085794758577588355937960053
KIKiribatin/c46029273066308231143236343034303430486648664887
MHMarshall Islands4444141415641504215305153821554115554
MPNorthern Mariana Islands32554908955011065112631136611759125731312013171132121322713358
NCNew Caledonia12928206225431360413606536232964337697967393474288744067618779577
NRNaurun/cn/cn/cn/c333394440746104610461046254625
NUNiuen/cn/cn/c7891549718085147439
PFFrench Polynesia46967489796789972566729877319473601757017674576846769117728478104
PGPapua New Guinea36190372704130243374438174455144725447934488745010454654618246663
PNPitcairnn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/c444444
PWPalau12163337814024461050655199523253485460551357855971
SBSolomon Islands241486704911470156772123721544215442154421544215442457525684
TKTokelaun/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/c5
TOTonga123556546103201176912346125971618216182161821622216487
TVTuvalun/cn/cn/cn/cn/c33820202027792779
VUVanuatu771837177514923011273117301182511928119641196812011
WFWallis and Futuna45445445445445545545582532183411341534163431
WSSamoa23233188395921364714964154051583915941159461594615975
Total173333211065296086336723363634381989396841420235453845462638473492483283491439
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Note: SPC population estimates of eligible people was used in the computation of vaccination coverage to maximize comparability between countries. The percentage coverage numbers may differ from country reported numbers due to variation in population denominator that was used.
Disclaimer: All data are subject to change, as more information become available.

Other COVID-19 news and updates

Resources available for health-care workers

More COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Resources are available on SPC's Public Health website.


Regional Challenges

COVID-19 represents a significant challenge for the region. The Pacific Community (SPC), as the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) lead in public health, has taken all necessary measures to help address the spread of COVID-19. This includes the adoption of a response framework aimed at supporting staff well-being and business continuity while supporting an efficient regional response to the pandemic.

Which are the main risk areas for PICTs?

  • In most of the PICTs, access to quality health services is limited, due to a lack of infrastructure, equipment, and qualified personnel. In the current situation, this can pose a problem of access to care if the number of infected people increases.
  • Most PICTs do not have the needed laboratory equipment to analyse the tests on site, which creates difficulties in identifying cases. The test samples have to be sent to other countries for analysis.
  • Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) are frequented by tourists. This represents a risk due to the movement of people to and from PICTs (although restrictive measures have been put in place); and also a risk for the local economies.

Pacific Community Response 

 

What is SPC doing to help its member countries and territories deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic?

SPC is supporting PICTs preparedness and their responses to COVID-19 through public health surveillance, infection prevention and control, risk communication, disaster management, humanitarian response, statistics, educational assessment, data custodianship and GIS mapping.

  • SPC is part of the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 (PHP-C), providing regional leadership, direction and coordination to enable the provision of medical and humanitarian assistance from regional and international organisations in a timely, safe, effective and equitable manner. 
  • SPC is part of the World Health Organization (WHO)-led multi-agency Incident Management Team (IMT).
  • Along with its partners, SPC also implements all relevant preparedness activities to help its members manage the risks associated with the virus including;
    • The deployment of staff to do in-country training on COVID-19 case identification, contact tracing, case investigation, outbreak management;
    • The deployment of staff to do in-country assessment and training on infection control.
    • Provision of funding for laboratory sample shipment and testing, in order to help its members identify potential cases and respond accordingly.
    • Coordination of the procurement process for point-of-care test (BD Veritor System) to allow in-country confirmation of influenza cases, thereby facilitating proper case management.
  • SPC is the focal point of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN). PPHSN includes six services to prevent and respond to epidemics. These include coordination of laboratory services, surveillance systems, infection control, alert and communication, knowledge exchange and capacity building. 
  • SPC continues to coordinate the implementation of the Strengthening Health Interventions in the Pacific (SHIP) programme, to develop and strengthen competencies in epidemiology, surveillance, outbreak investigation and management, risk communication and reporting.

What is SPC doing to protect its staff?

  • SPC has activated a Security Management Group, in order to assess potential impacts and consequences of COVID-19 in SPC premises, prepare and respond appropriately to mitigate these risks, and communicate timely and helpful information to all staff of the organization and its members.
  • SPC has implemented a wide range of measures to limit the spread of the virus, such as limiting non-essential travel and postponing events and meetings and offering work from home options.
  • Bi-weekly staff communication with health and travel advisories are circulated directly to staff members (in English and French language) and made available online.

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