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Pacific Islands Multi-Country Office: Humanitarian Situation in Tonga Report No. 6 - As of 25 February 2022

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Highlights

• Local community transmission of COVID-19 continues in Tonga with 287 confirmed cases and one death.

• The State of Emergency for the volcanic eruption and the State of Public Health Emergency because of COVID-19 have been extended until 14 March 2022.

• Lockdown restrictions have been eased for a few days which provides a brief window for partners to distribute emergency relief supplies to communities and schools in Tongatapu.

• The Government of Tonga is transitioning into recovery phase with plans being developed by national clusters.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Localized community transmission of COVID-19 in Tonga continues as the emergency response in the wake of the volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami transitions into recovery mode. As of 23 February 2022, 287 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed with one death. More than 91%of Tonga’s eligible population of 12 years old and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The lockdown that had been imposed at the start of the outbreak has been eased in Tongatapu and Vava’u island districts, where there are active cases, while it has been lifted in Ha’apai and ‘Eua group of islands, where no cases have been recorded. The lockdown slowed down the distribution of some relief supplies as all inter-island shipping was suspended and focus was given to families in isolation. The State of Emergency for the volcanic eruption and the State of Public Health Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended until 14 March 2022. International communication with Tonga has been restored with the repair of the submarine fiber optic cable damaged by the tsunami.
The World Bank’s Global Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Estimation (GRADE) report places the damage of this event at USD 90.4 million or equivalent to 18.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with Tongatapu accounting for 76% of the damage, with tourism and agriculture being the most affected sectors.