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‘Storm Must Not Compromise Containment Efforts’: PM

Prime Minister thanks disciplined forces and the National Disaster Management Office for working through the heavy winds and rain to keep Fijians safe
10 Apr 2020 09:33
‘Storm Must Not Compromise Containment Efforts’: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with some members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR), on April 9, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has reminded Fijians that Tropical Cyclone Harold should not compromise our coronavirus containment efforts.

In a video message released as he prepared to visit doctors, nurses and defence personnel on the frontline, Mr Bainimarama said Fijians needed to continue following the life-saving measures such as social distancing and regular washing of hands.

“Harold’s heavy rains are still making their way through catchment areas, meaning that streams and rivers –– particularly the Rewa River –– will likely still see water levels rise. So even if the sun is shining, please remain cautious of floodwaters. Unpredictable currents, submerged debris, downed power lines and live electrical cables mean that crossing a river could still prove deadly.

“As Fijians pick up the pieces after being struck by yet another severe cyclone, I want to thank our disciplined forces and the NDMO, who worked through the heavy winds and rain to keep us safe.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at a fever clinic in Valelevu, Nasinu on April 9, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at a fever clinic in Valelevu, Nasinu on April 9, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

“Between TC Harold and the global COVID-19 pandemic, our economy and our people have been dealt two body blows to start the year. While we may be on the ropes –– now is when the measures of our resilience and diligence matter most.

“This storm must not compromise our coronavirus containment efforts, lest we risk damage far more painful than the aftermath of any cyclone. So please, continue to follow all of our life-saving public health directives.

“Friends, Team Fiji is not out. We will rise back to our feet. And we’ll do it together. Stay strong, Fiji.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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