Coping with COVID
On top of an already serious crisis, Tonga is now also grappling with a wave of COVID-19 infections in the community – something totally avoided until now. However, David says high vaccinations rates are providing a level of security to the community.
“Tonga was one of the last countries in the world to remain COVID-free,” he says. “In a way, it's been a blessing because over the last 12 months we've been able to get vaccination rates up. Tonga has always had very high immunisation rates so we've been able to avoid any serious illnesses.”
David says although this has provided an extra challenge, the team is coping well and adhering to government restrictions to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.
“We hope at some stage we'll be able to open our borders, which have been closed since May 2020, and be able to connect more freely with the outside world,” he says.
This has obviously been a really distressing period of time for our team in Tonga but they’ve done a great job and I’m very proud of what they are doing for the community, our customers and each other.
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Shayne Elliott is CEO of ANZ
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