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Vanuatu State of Emergency (SOE) relating to COVID-19 has been extended again until 31 December this year.
The extension was approved by the Head of State under the Disaster Risk Management Act No.23 of 2019 on Monday this week.
The decision was taken based on the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee, following approval from the Council of Ministers (COM).
In relation to the SOE on Tropical Cyclone Harold, it has been extended until 09 August.
The declaration of the extension for TC Harold and COVID-19 SOE which became effective 11 July are for the whole of Vanuatu.
Following the SOE extension, the Minister responsible Geological Hazards and Climate Change, Bruno Leingkon, also signed an order carried in the official gazette relating to an amendment in the SOE regulation order no.71 of 2020.
The first amendment after paragraph 1(a) of the order: “The Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities and the Department of Ports and Harbor must ensure that, all local registered vessels and vessels registered internationally as Vanuatu vessels, which are outside Vanuatu waters, do not enter Vanuatu waters”.
The next amendment after subparagraph 1 (b) (i) states: “the repatriation of Vanuatu citizens and non-citizens must not occur from 11July till 31 July”
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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