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COVID-19: 82 Air New Zealand Passengers Quarantined

Prime Minister Voreqe Banimarama has stated: “Everyone who gets off our flights is being quarantined in government-funded, designated centres, and monitored.”
30 Mar 2020 10:10
COVID-19: 82 Air New Zealand Passengers Quarantined
Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-200 at the Nadi International Airport on July 15, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Eighty-two passengers, who arrived on the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland yesterday, have been placed on 14-day quarantine at the Novotel Hotel and Nasau Resort & Villas in Nadi.

The returning citizens and residents were taken by bus to the hotels.

Prime Minister Voreqe Banimarama has stated: “Everyone who gets off our flights is being quarantined in government-funded, designated centres, and monitored.”

Passengers included 27 personnel from the Republic of the Fiji Military.

The Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200 arrived into the Nadi International Airport at 2pm.

Health officials directed the passengers to board the two Pacific Destination buses to transport them to the hotels where they would be assessed and monitored daily by a medical team.

Measures have been taken to ensure there will be minimal interaction between the passengers and site staff.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, together with the Police, will continue to investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Prasad family departed from Nadi on a Air New Zealand flight yesterday carrying NZ residents and citizens back to NZ.

Mala Singh Prasad said: “We think Fiji is the safest place to be at the moment because there are not too many cases here. But going back home is such a relief because, you know, our medical system is good with any cases as such. But we are praying that things get much better.”

From left: Mala Singh Prasad, Vana Singh, Devendra Prasad and Sheenal Kumar at the Nadi International Airport on March 29, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

From left: Mala Singh Prasad, Vana Singh, Devendra Prasad and Sheenal Kumar at the Nadi International Airport on March 29, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The family spent their two weeks holiday at the Ramada Hotel in Nadi.

Their father, Devendra Prasad, said they took serious precautions on isolating themselves from family members around Fiji.

Meanwhile, another passenger, Grace Wilkes said they were not aware of the situation at the airport.

“We didn’t know what was really happening around here because we were in a coastal area of Vanua Levu where we don’t get much electricity or solar, so we could not get much coverage of what is happening.

“We didn’t know that the airport was closed and there was a restricted area here in the West. We were lucky and when we came on Saturday at the airport when we were told that a chartered flight will be going to NZ.”

She said they were happy to be travelling back home.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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