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COVID-19: Borders Still Open To Australia and New Zealand Says Health Minister

However, Dr Waqainabete has clarified that travellers from the two countries would continue to be monitored by our health officials in our port of entries.
11 Mar 2020 12:03
COVID-19: Borders Still Open To Australia and New Zealand Says Health Minister
The Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at Pacific Harbour on September 26, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says there are no plans yet to shut down our borders to Australia and New Zealand amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the two countries.

However, Dr Waqainabete has clarified that travellers from the two countries would continue to be monitored by our health officials in our port of entries.

As of last night, there have been 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia and five cases confirmed in New Zealand.

Dr Waqainabete said the two countries were among 29 other countries that were being closely monitored by health officials.

“There are no plans yet to close off our borders to Australia and New Zealand,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“We are closely monitoring 31 countries and part of them are Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
In Australia

Fijians living in Australia are bracing for the full branch effects of COVID-19 in the country.

Sovaia Yacakuru said for preventative measures they had been advised by their employers not to turn up to work if they feel sick.

“I live in Parramatta and two high schools in our area have closed down as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Ms Yacakuru said.

“People are preparing for the worst here in Australia, we have run out of toilet papers,” she said.

“There is fear everywhere and panic in the sense that everyone is running around to stock up on their basic necessities.”

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