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COVID-19: Udu District Not Closing Its Borders

This was after the village headmen of the five villages in the district came to a consensus that closing the borders means food supply will be affected.
27 Mar 2020 14:20
COVID-19: Udu District Not Closing Its Borders

Udu district will not close its borders to its people living outside of Vanua Levu, says Udu district rep Aisake Tusauma Galodamu.

This was after the village headmen of the five villages in the district came to a consensus that closing the borders means food supply will be affected.

“If we do, it will also affect those travelling to work,” Mr Galodamu said.

“We also do not want to discourage the people of Udu, should they want to come to their village.

“However, upon their arrival to Labasa town, they should make their way to the Macuata Provincial Office and get themselves quarantined.

“When they have been cleared, the Roko can inform the village headman and send a note through the bus driver before they actually come to their village.

“We hope these procedures will be followed by the people of the district of Udu.”

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed that he is aware that some islands and villages in the Northern Division have decided to go on lockdown.

“We understand that some have put in place measures to protect themselves during this time,” Mr Qiliho said.

“We will liaise with them to reiterate the Prime Minister’s announcement on preventative measures to take and what to adhere to.”

Kavewa Island was the first in the North to close its borders last week.

Sawani Village in Bua issued a lockdown notice on Wednesday, and yesterday Cikobia Island in Macuata declared to go on lockdown from this Sunday.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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