“The foreign ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum countries are calling for the member states to work together to overcome Covid-19.
“They have issued a joint statement, saying that the pandemic poses unique challenges for the Pacific.
“The island geography, the limited medical infrastructure, and communal ways of Pacific life, mean even one case of Covid-19, in any country, represents a major threat.
“According to the ministers, Covid-19 also exacerbates existing threats facing the Blue Pacific region, none greater than climate change.
“This was highlighted by Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed lives and wreaked devastation in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga, in April.”
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