By Jonathan Perez Three of the five countries that remain Covid-19 free are located in Oceania, where islands are often isolated and are scattered across the vast Pacific Ocean. Nauru, Tuvalu and Tonga— with a combined population of 128,311—have not reported any cases of the deadly virus since the Covid-19 pandemic hit and began raging last year. According to the Pacific Community (SPC), a total 47,685 Covid-19 cases have been reported in island countries and territories wit
Palikir, Pohnpei— Four of 50 Micronesian citizens who were scheduled to be sent home from Guam tested positive for Covid 19, the Office of the Federated States Micronesia President reported today.
“Those persons, as well as five potential contacts (i.e. their roommates, such as husbands, wives and children) have since been removed from the repatriation effort, and are presently under the government of Guam’s appropriate isolation procedures,” the office of the president said
Guam has 12 new cases of Covid-19 that were identified out of 265 tests performed Thursday, June 24. Eight cases were identified through contact tracing. Two cases reported recent travel history and were identified in quarantine. To date, there have been a total of 8,328 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 139 deaths, 85 cases in active isolation, and 8,104 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 1.
More than 2,000 households in Chuuk will receive temporary cash assistance in the next two weeks through the Federated States of Micronesia government’s low-income assistance program launched in Weno this week.
According to FSM President David Panuelo’s office, the government anticipates distributing $4 million to eligible FSM citizens residing in Chuuk.
The stimulus program has been launched in three other states earlier this month.
Panuelo’s low-income assistance progra
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has voted to retain the annual catch limit of 31,000 pounds set for Guam starting in fishing year 2022. During its meeting Honolulu Wednesday, the council noted the National Marine Fisheries Service's observation in February 2020 that the federally managed Guam bottomfish stock complex was "overfished but not experiencing overfishing." The council noted that while a new alternative emerged during the rebuilding plan deve
The government will offer another round of small business grants using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said Thursday. To compliment the direct aid to businesses, Leon Guerrero said the administration will also initiate a program that will send the displaced workers back to the workplace.
“The concept is this: it is designed to subsidize your new hires for three months, so that you can get back on your feet. This way, we help bu