PTI China is willing to spare no effort to support the Pacific Island Countries in promoting global cooperation against COVID-19, and strive for an early victory in the fight against the disease.

PTI Pacific Business Monitor

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) is running a fortnightly survey to understand the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the Pacific's private sector.

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COVID-19 UPDATES 11 December

PNG records 8th COVID-19 death as cases now reach 720, Fiji reports 2 more COVID-19 cases, 21 people linked to freighter cleared of Covid-19 in Fiji.

COVID-19 UPDATES 4 December

Vanuatu COVID-free again, Fiji records two new border quarantine cases of COVID-19, Manning calls on health workers to protect themselves as PNG’s COVID-19 cases reach 671

COVID-19 UPDATES 27 November

COVID-19 tests still show negative, positive result: Samoa PM Tuilaepa, Second man tests positive for COVID-19 in Samoa, State of Public Emergency extended in Solomon Islands, Fiji reports three new border quarantine cases of COVID-19, PNG’s COVID-19 cases rise to 645 as news infections reported in WNB AND NCD, COVID-19 training programs highlighted in report.

COVID-19 UPDATES 19 November

Samoa's PM calls for 'calm' after country's first Covid-19 case, Kiribati Government start repatriating stranded nationals in Fiji, Western Highlands reports first COVID-19 case: PNG’s total at 604, Solomon Islands Government Approves Repatriation Flights for Citizens in Kiribati, Fiji, and Philippines.

COVID-19 UPDATES 13 November

Vanuatu records first case of COVID-19 and doubles quarantine period, halts domestic travel to Efate; Solomon Islands reports three more COVID-19 cases; Fiji records new COVID-19 border quaratine case; Marshall Islands free of Covid again; Samoa remains COVID 19 free to date; PNG’s COVID-19 cases reach 600.

COVID-19 UPDATES 16 October

PNG PM expresses gratitude to United Nations and China for donating 30 ventilators, Fiji is COVID-free, PNG Enga records first COVID-19 case, Solomon Islands reports 3rd Confirmed Case of COVID-19.

COVID-19 UPDATES 9 October

Solomon Islands records first COVID-19 case with repatriation flight suspended, 3 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the NCD bringing the total to 549, Manning removes curfew in NCD, other measures remain, COVID-19 Situation Update of French Polynesia.

COVID-19 UPDATES 30 September

More workers in Fiji to lose jobs due to COVID-19, NCD records two new COVID-19 cases, We are ready for our students' arrival: Solomon Islands PM, French Polynesia Covid-19 Situation.

COVID-19 UPDATES 18 September

Travel and border restrictions of PNG to be relaxed from October, Solomon Islands PM announces six more students test positive for COVID-19 in Philippines, French Polynesia suffers first Covid-19 death.

COVID-19 UPDATES 11 September

Western Province reports one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday, First COVID-19 test results for all arrivals in Solomon Islands from China returned negative, Kiribati extends its border closure until the end of December, Fiji records another border quarantine case.

COVID-19 UPDATES 4 September

West New Britain 12th province in PNG to register COVID-19, Two repatriation flights arriving in Tonga, Cook Islands border controls loosened, SOE extended, Samoa world's longest lockdown, Fiji has opened Pathway to Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga.

COVID-19 UPDATES 28 August

Another sharp rise in French Polynesia Covid-19 cases, Fiji records second COVID-19-related death, NCD reported one more new case brings the total number of cases in PNG to 424.

COVID-19 UPDATES 21 August

PNG reports fourth COVID-19 death, French Polynesia records more coronavirus cases, Repatriation flights to bring back Solomon Islands students in Philippines, Vanuatu repatriation flights to be operated from Brisbane, Auckland, Nadi, Tontouta Airports.

COVID-19 UPDATES 14 August

PNG reports two more COVID-19 cases, Fiji confirms new COVID-19 case in quarantine, Two more COVID-19 patients recover in Fiji, Any COVID-19 vaccine must not be commodified, 150 passengers test negative for COVID-19 in Tonga, French Polynesia's second wave of Covid-19 reaches 50 cases, Vanuatu border closed until December as repatriation proceeds, TC Harold SOE ends.


Delivering vital medical supplies, humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response efforts in the Pacific, One more COVID-19 death in PNG, 10 new confirmed cases total now 163, COVID-19 at PNG Central Public Health Laboratory cause identified, Suspected Covid-19 case on cruise ship in Tahiti, Vanuatu will still graduate from LDC status this year.


New COVID-19 cases of PNG increased rapidly, PNG Hospitals, clinics to start Covid-19 testing in nation's capital, Port Moresby in 14 days lockdown, Fiji records its first COVID-19 related death, Solomon Islands Parliament passes State of Public Emergency extension, NZ repatriation list of passengers finalised in Tonga, Samoa State of Emergency extended to August.


31 COVID-19 cases in PNG, 9 new measures to stop spread, Testing capabilities now expand beyond Honiara, Palau delays plans for repatriation flight after COVID cases, 5th repatriation of 126 stranded Solomon Islands nationals overseas arrived, Fiji recorded another border quarantine case of COVID-19, $25m to assist coronavirus fight in Fiji.


PNG confirmed 4 COVID-19 cases involving virus testing lab staff, Palau scheduled another repatriation flight this month, negative COVID-19 tests for Tongans in quarantine, Vanuatu COVID-19 State of Emergency extended to December, new COVID-19 case in New Caledonia


Fiji records additional five border control cases, Tonga extends state of emergency to curb entry of COVID-19, Vanuatu quarantine ends, China and Vanuatu reaffirm bilateral relations, Marshall Islands continues inbound travel ban, Samoa extends Covid-19 state of emergency.


Air Vanuatu's First Outbound Repatriation Flight, Fiji's COVID-19 testing can be trusted, Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 Continues Delivery of Medical Supplies, PNG 11th positive Covid-19 case announced, Niue is still far away from reopening borders


PHP-C Protocols approved, PNGDF Barracks locked down for 14 days after a soldier tested positive of COVID-19, Taneti Maamau sworn-in as Kiribati president, first repatriation phase of Vanuatu, Mass repatriation next week for Solomon Islands.


Cook Islands prepares to open borders, Life returning to normal in PNG after Covid-19 state of emergency, Fiji records increase in entrepreneurial farming during COVID-19, No COVID-19 cases in Fiji for over 60 days.


French Polynesia will open borders and welcome international tourism visitors to enter and stay, New Caledonia lifted remaining Covid-19 restrictions, Half of first repatriated Solomon Islands nationals test negative, Fiji is preparing for the launch of a new mobile application to create conditions for eventually reopen the borders


Fiji cleared last COVID-19 patients, Cook Islands border begins to open, 13 orders on PNG SOE extension, The second batch of supplies from China to Fiji arrived, Fiji will support SMEs by concessional policies, Palau prepares to bring home stranded citizens


Information includes Solomon Islands nationals stranded in Fiji and Vanuatu arrive home, Fiji Airways continues freighter services and secures Government Support, $76million phase two of Cook Islands Covid-19 economic response plan, Cook Islands plans to reopen border in July.


Information includes Samoa Govt outlines coronavirus travel restrictions, Tonga extends State of Emergency to 11 June, Lockdown exercise for Solomon Islands, China donates medical supplies to Tonga, Kiribati Embassy reopened in China.


Information includes medical supplies of donated by China to Vanuatu, China donates another batch of material to PNG to help fight against COVID-19, The Vice Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19 Between The People's Republic of China and Pacific Island Countries was held successfully, All Covid-19 restrictions to be Lifted in outer islands of French Polynesia...

Economic Consequences of COVID-19: The outlook so far

In these extraordinary times as the loss of lives from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to rise globally, the necessary measures undertaken to protect human lives and contain the further widespread of this greatest health crisis of our time, will also have a severe impact on the global economy. 

COVID-19 and its likely impact on tuna industry in Pacific

The importance of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) cannot be underestimated. Approximately 60 percent of the raw material for the global tuna canning market comes from the WCPO. There are two reasons why COVID-19’s impact on the tuna industry should be monitored.


Information includes medical supplies of donated by China to Vanuatu,Kiribati for COVID-19 Prevention and Control arrived,  all reported Covid-19 cases in PNG have tested negative again, Tonga relaxes CoViD-19 restrictions under State of Emergency...


Information includes COVID-19 medical kits donated by China have arrived in Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands Received the Final Two COVID-19 Test Results-NEGATIVE, Suva lock down lifted, Cook Islands remains COVID-19 FREE ZONE...

First Delivery of Medical Supplies to PICs has arrived in Fiji

Chinese first delivery of medical supplies supported by the Jack Ma foundation arrives through the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19.

Policies and Measures taken by PICs towards COVID-19

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade issued a reminder on the relevant measures taken by the Pacific island countries (regions) due to the epidemic by the date of 13 April.

COVID-19 Updates 16 Apirl

China donates medical supplies to Vanuatu, Fiji and FSM to fight against COVID-19, Nauru remains coronavirus-free, conditions to lifting of Suva lockdown

WHO: “China shows COVID-19 responses must be tailored to the local context”

As China emerges from the containment phase of the outbreak after 2 months and moves into the mitigation stage, its experience is helping countries currently at the start of the COVID-19 cycle to plan their responses better.

“Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment” shares invaluable practical advice and references with medical professionals around the world.

This handbook compares and analyzes the experience of other experts in China, gives detailed and comprehensive answers to potential questions for diagnosing and treating patients in different types, and provides a good reference to key departments.