The Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku has renewed the Declaration of a Sate of Emergency that was made on the 17th of January 2022, to be applied over all land and sea areas of Tonga commencing Monday 14 February 2022 at 8pm until Monday 14 March 2022, 8pm.

The renewal is in pursuant of sections 32 and 34(1) of the Emergency management [Cap 7.02] and having been satisfied of the following-

  1. The increasing of the novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Tonga since February 2022; and
  2. The current Declaration of a Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 as amended, and the Declaration of COVID-19 to be a notifiable disease under the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2021,

Hon. Hu’akavameiliku emphasized that it is still clear there is a rapid and continuous public health emergency in Tonga and that it is necessary for emergency powers to be exercised in order to prevent or minimize risk and the loss of human life to Covid 19 in Tonga.

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