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4000 Fijians Returned Home On Repatriation Flights

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete revealed the figure when he was questioned by Wakanisila resident Josefa Wata as to why Fiji’s borders were not closed.
23 Jul 2020 16:46
4000 Fijians Returned Home On Repatriation Flights
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at the Wakanisila Settlement in Kalabu on July 21, 2020.

A total of 4000 Fijian citizens have returned home on repatriation flights since Fiji closed its borders early this year.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete revealed the figure when he was questioned by Wakanisila resident Josefa Wata as to why Fiji’s borders were not closed.

Mr Wata said they were thankful that COVID-19 was contained locally, however, those who were coming from overseas were bringing the virus.

“Our border is closed,” Dr Waqainabete clarified.

He said Fijians who were being repatriated, included Fijians who live and work overseas, rugby players who have overseas contracts, seasonal workers, those who went for medical treatment among others.

“As a Government we have a duty of care to bring them back. So the people who are coming back now, the nine that have COVID-19, they are not from any other country, they are not Australian, New Zealanders, Americans, Japanese, or Chinese; they are Fijian citizens with Fijian passports.”

He said these people were tested at the border upon arrival and quarantined and the nine COVID-19 cases that Fiji currently has are contained.

“I would hate to think that we have a policy in place where we stop blue passports from coming back. Because they are Fijians and this is their country.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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