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Coronavirus Evacuees: Thank You New Zealand For Looking After Us, Says Racaca

They were isolated for two weeks at the Whangaparaoa Military Training Facility in Auckland and yesterday confirmed that they had all been cleared.
20 Feb 2020 12:40
Coronavirus Evacuees: Thank You New Zealand For Looking After Us, Says Racaca
Joe Racaca and Sylvia Nandani ready to leave the Whangaparaoa Military Training Facility in Auckland, New Zealand

Joe Racaca, one of two Fijians studying at Wuhan University, in Hubei Province in China, has thanked the New Zealand Government for looking after them well.

Mr Racaca and fellow Fijian Sylvia Nandani were among 30 Pacific islanders evacuated to New Zealand amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan City earlier this month.

They were isolated for two weeks at the Whangaparaoa Military Training Facility in Auckland and yesterday confirmed that they had all been cleared.

Mr Racaca acknowledged the New Zealand government for providing the best services rendered to all those who were quarantined in the facility.

He said students were preparing to move out of the facility into Auckland City before they finalise their travel arrangements to their respective home countries.

Mr Racaca said they were given three months visa by the New Zealand government to facilitate their stay.

“The quarantine has been lifted; everyone has been cleared and are looking forward to get home,” Mr Racaca said.

“I will be visiting a few family members here in New Zealand and will be staying with my cousin brother in Auckland.

“My friend, Sylvia Nandani, is likely to be travelling to Fiji earlier than me and I will be coming later.

“Everyone is working on their return home, contacting the agencies involved so that that logistics is cleared by the time we plan to fly out.”

In a report by Stuff yesterday, 157 New Zealanders and foreign nationals were taken to a military training facility in Whangaparaoa on February 5, after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan on a government-chartered flight.

Following final medical checks yesterday morning, the group were free to leave in the afternoon, a Ministry of Health spokesperson earlier told Stuff.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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