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COVID-19: D-Day For Lautoka Confined Friday

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said restrictions put on Lautoka due to COVID-19 could be lifted as early as Friday morning.
30 Mar 2020 10:40
COVID-19: D-Day For Lautoka Confined Friday

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said restrictions put on Lautoka due to COVID-19 could be lifted as early as Friday morning.

“In the days ahead, I want to see that same spirit of positive social pressure in the Lautoka confined area, as this week will prove absolutely critical in determining whether, come Friday morning, we either lift restrictions or have to extend them.

“If even one of you fails to follow the rules and God forbid this virus spreads within Lautoka, all of you will stay on lockdown even longer.

“So, to those currently in the Lautoka confined zone, you all need to ensure the rules are followed, and encourage each other, your community, and everyone you see, to do the same. There’s only five days left; pull up your socks, keep to the rules and get your city through this together.”

Mr Bainimarama said the nationwide curfew intends to restrict the movement of people who have been witnessed wandering along the streets at night.

He said unless people were going to work, coming back home or had an emergency, they should not be out during the curfew hours. The 10pm to 5am curfew begins tonight.`

“This is about making hard calls today that spare us future suffering and that get us past the worst of this virus sooner, rather than later,” he said.

“An abundance of caution today will bring an expedient end to this crisis, get all of our businesses open again, and get life back to normal as soon as possible.

Mr Bainimarama said due to travel restrictions, every existing work permit in Fiji will be automatically extended for the next three months.

He has urged Fijians to brace themselves for the coming months as it would prove to be the most trying.

“But even in our best-case scenario, even if we eradicate this virus in Fiji, and even if we’re able to resume much of normal life, many Fijian businesses and families are in for a very difficult few months,” he said.

“Australia, New Zealand and the United States are all battling extremely serious COVID-19 outbreaks, and flows of tourism and trade will either be cut off or slowed for the foreseeable future.”

Mr Bainimarama announced the roll out of a COVID-19 call centre tomorrow.

He said Fijians can be united and win the war against the pandemic and the only way to do so was by doing what the authorities have been saying.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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