Covid-stricken Australian aid ship makes contactless delivery to virus-free Tonga

Covid-stricken Australian aid ship makes contactless delivery to virus-free Tonga

Tonga Volcano, Tonga

27/01/2022 4:34:00 AM

Covid-stricken Australian aid ship makes contactless delivery to virus-free Tonga

Fears that aid missions could spark a Covid outbreak were highlighted when two dozen crew members were diagnosed with the virus

Photograph: Mary Lyn Fonua/Matangi Tonga/AFP/Getty ImagesBritish and Australian navy ships have arrived in Tonga to deliver aid following the volcano eruption and tsunami that hit the island nation almost two weeks ago.Photograph: Mary Lyn Fonua/Matangi Tonga/AFP/Getty Images

Associated PressThu 27 Jan 2022 01.05 GMTBritish and Australian navy ships have arrived inTongaand attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation that has never had an outbreak.The danger of spreading the disease was underscored when nearly two dozen sailors aboard the Australian ship HMAS Adelaide were reported infected on Tuesday, raising fears they could bring Covid-19 to the small Pacific archipelago devastated by an undersea

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AP seem to have forgotten there are already three New Zealand naval ships in Tongan waters providing aid, supplying water and COVID-free. HMNZS Aotearoa has also refuelled the British patrol boat HMS Spey.

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British and Australian navy ships have arrived in Tonga to deliver aid following the volcano eruption and tsunami that hit the island nation almost two weeks ago. Photograph: Mary Lyn Fonua/Matangi Tonga/AFP/Getty Images British and Australian navy ships have arrived in Tonga to deliver aid following the volcano eruption and tsunami that hit the island nation almost two weeks ago. Photograph: Mary Lyn Fonua/Matangi Tonga/AFP/Getty Images Associated Press Thu 27 Jan 2022 01.05 GMT British and Australian navy ships have arrived in Tonga and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation that has never had an outbreak. The danger of spreading the disease was underscored when nearly two dozen sailors aboard the Australian ship HMAS Adelaide were reported infected on Tuesday, raising fears they could bring Covid-19 to the small Pacific archipelago devastated by an undersea volcanic eruption and a tsunami on 15 January . Since the pandemic began, Tonga has reported just a single case of Covid. It is one of the few countries in the world currently virus free. About 61% of Tongans are fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data. Read more Meanwhile, the US announced it would provide an additional $2.5m in humanitarian assistance to Tonga through the US Agency for International Development. The aid was in addition to an initial pledge of $100,000. Britain said its ship the HMS Spey arrived with 30,000 litres of bottled water, medical supplies for more than 300 first aid kits, and basic sanitation products. It said none of its sailors disembarked the ship, and instead moved the supplies ashore by crane. “The UK is a longstanding partner of the Pacific islands, and having the ship deployed in the Indo-Pacific meant that we could be there for Tonga in their hour of need, as the island begins to rebuild their homes and communities,” the minister for the armed forces, James Heappey, said in a statement. The Australian government said its ship had completed the 3,300km (2,050 mile) voyage from Brisbane and would deliver supplies without contact with the local population to avoid infections. “We appreciate the decision of the government of Tonga to enable HMAS Adelaide to dock and offload the humanitarian and medical supplies, and the high priority it has placed on Covid safety throughout the recovery process,” Heappey said. “The ship is undertaking an entirely contactless delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies.”