Tonga active cases fall below 240; global case numbers continue to decline: WHO

The Minister for Health Hon Saia Piukala has welcomed the dramatic fall of the number of Covid-19 cases to only 234 on June 17.

He said on Friday Tonga had only 36 new active cases.

The latest number of active cases came after it reached a total of 12,079 positive cases in February.

Hon Piukala said 460 repatriates arrived in Tonga early this month, the largest number of travellers to arrive in the kingdom since the beginning of its lockdown and only four positive cases had been detected among them.

He said if the number of positive cases stays low with this condition the government will bring forward plans to reopen the borders to international travellers after the Covid lockout of more than two years.

Quarantine at MIQs is expected to be reduced to three days only on June 30, the Minister said.

Meanwhile, there have been 3235 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, with a further five deaths of people with the coronavirus.

It was the lowest number of new community cases since February, with fewer than 1000 cases reported in Auckland for the first time in months, reported RNZ International.

The latest report from New Zealand and Tonga came after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of new weekly cases has continued to decline globally since a peak in January 2022.

During the week of 6 until 12 June 2022, over 3.2 million cases were reported, similar to the number reported during the previous week, WHO said.

After five weeks of decline, the number of new weekly deaths has risen again, with over 8700 fatalities reported, a 4% increase as compared to the previous week, the international body said.

“As of 12 June 2022, over 533 million confirmed cases and over 6.3 million deaths have been reported globally”.


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