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 territories2022-012022-022022-032022-042022-052022-062022-072022-082022-092022-102022-112022-122023-01
ASAmerican Samoa228544745869619265557952816882478260826583028320
CKCook Islandsn/c4219864990567557746042626563896405647565336999
FJFiji62855639306440964643650316571367617681716824268264683756875068820
FMMicronesia (Federated States of)n/cn/cn/c53035525874751395322203220352224723466
GUGuam32331443444726548132490755189855208579475857758835593796005360778
KIKiribati460292730663082311432363430343034304866486648875008
MHMarshall Islands44414141564150421530515382155411555415584
MPNorthern Mariana Islands490895501106511263113661175912573131201317113212132271335813499
NCNew Caledonia20622543136041360653623296433769796739347428874406761877957779981
NRNaurun/cn/cn/c3333944407461046104610462546254777
NUNiuen/cn/c7891549718085147439747
PFFrench Polynesia48979678997256672987731947360175701767457684676911772847810478179
PGPapua New Guinea37270413024337443817445514472544793448874501045465461824666346663
PNPitcairnn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/c4444444
PWPalau1633378140244610506551995232534854605513578559715986
SBSolomon Islands148670491147015677212372154421544215442154421544245752568425684
TKTokelaun/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/cn/c55
TOTonga2355654610320117691234612597161821618216182162221648716779
TVTuvalun/cn/cn/cn/c338202020277927792779
VUVanuatu7183717751492301127311730118251192811964119681201112011
WFWallis and Futuna454454454455455455825321834113415341634313450
WSSamoa323318839592136471496415405158391594115946159461597516022
Total211065296086336723363634381989396841420235453845462638473492483283491439495541
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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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