29 May 2020 Minister of MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei told parliament that the government is expecting to open its board on the 12th of June 2020 subject to the advice from the Minister of Health.
Tonga has closed its border since March 2020 due to the pandemic COVID-19. There were so many Tongans who were left overseas when the border closed including the DPM Hon Vuna Fa’otusia and other government’s officials.
Everyone understood and accepted the reasons for closing the border despite the disruption that faced many families here in Tonga and the diasporas.
Hence, Tongan people who are still left overseas are so eager to come back home, and this is a breath of hope for them.
The former Minister of Health Saia Piukala asked in parliament about the readiness of the Ministry of Health should the border open in June.
The Minister of Health Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu replied that the Ministry of Health is 85 per cent preparedness for COVID-19.
The Ministry already received COVID-19 equipment and testing kits more than 2,000 and still awaiting for more orders to be arrived.
Hon Tu’ipulotu told parliament that she will advise the Prime Minister in the coming days about the border. She said that according to the law, the Minister of Health will give the advice to open the border when she thinks it is safe for the people of Tonga.
‘AMANAKI KE FAKAAVA KAU’AFONUA HE ‘AHO 12 SUNE ‘OKAPAU E FIEMALIE KIAI MINISITA MO’UI
Koe taha ‘eni ‘a e ongoongo oku tatali e kakai e fonua kenau fanongo kiai. Koe talu koia hono tapuni e kau’afonua ‘o Tonga ni ‘i Ma’asi ‘o fakatatau ki he COVID-19. ‘Oku kei nofo ai ‘i tu’apule’anga ‘a e kakai tokolahi ‘o Tonga ni ‘o ‘ikai malava kenau foki mai ‘o kau ai e Tokoni Palemia Hon Vuna Fa’otusia pehe ki he kau ngaue fakapule’anga e ni’ihi. Koe fakataputapui fakamuimui taha ‘oku ‘amanaki ke osi ia ki he ‘aho 12 ‘o Sune. Na’e me’a Minisita MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei ‘i Falealea ‘o ne fakaha ai ‘oku ‘amanaki e Pule’anga ke fakaava ‘a e kau’afonua ‘i he ‘aho 12 Sune 2020 ka kuo pau ke laumalie lelei kiai ‘a e Minisita Mo’ui. Na’e fehu’i foki ‘e he Minisita Mo’ui malolo Saia Piukala ‘a e tu’unga mateuteu ‘o e Potungaue Mo’ui ‘okapau ‘e fakaava ‘a e kau’afonua. Pea na’e tali ki heni ‘a e Minisita Mo’ui Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu, ‘oku ‘i he peseti ‘e 85 ‘a e mateuteu e Potungaue. Na’a ne me’a ‘o pehe kuo ‘osi ma’u mai e ngaahi naunau malu’i pehe ki he ngaahi naunau sivi ‘e 2,000 tupu pea ‘oku kei ‘ota mai e naunau ke a’u ‘o tahamano. Na’a ne me’a foki tene toki fale’i e Palemia ki ha taimi ‘e fakaava ai e kau’afonua ‘o fakatatau ki hono mafai kuo ‘osi foaki kiai he lao pea kuo pau kene fakahoko ‘a e fale’i fakapotopoto taha ki he malu moe hao koia ‘a e fonua.
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