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One-Off Inter-Island Trip For The Confined In Nearby Islands

The Fiji Police Force will allow for a one-off inter-island trip of people which is yet to be confirmed. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said there were people from Yasawa,
09 Apr 2020 15:10
One-Off Inter-Island Trip For The Confined In Nearby Islands
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: Shalveen Chand

The Fiji Police Force will allow for a one-off inter-island trip of people which is yet to be confirmed.

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said there were people from Yasawa, Mamanucas, who were stuck in Lautoka as a result of the lockdown.

He said similarly, there were hotel workers who lived in Lautoka stuck at work for 19 days.

He said Police were working with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division to organise this, however, this would take place post Tropical Cyclone Harold.

Leak Investigations

Brigadier-General Qiliho confirmed that investigations into the alleged leaking of information by the Ministry of Health officials regarding patients six and seven was nearly complete.

He said a few medical officials were questioned and released and they would soon end the investigation.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said some people who had been told to self-isolate or quarantine themselves had not been following the directives.

He said once the all-clear was given by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Police would question them and charge them accordingly.

It includes:

  • The man who arrived from Uruguay,
  • A family from Wakaya who made inter-island travel,
  • Patient 1 and
  • Patient 9.

Police morale

The morale within the Fiji Police Force is at its highest said Brigadier-General Qiliho.

He said this is what the officers had signed up for as he responded to what the mood of police officers was following intensive work which has now lasted a little over three weeks and still ongoing.

COVID-19 remains

Brigadier-General Qiliho has called out to Fijians to follow directives.

He said Fiji will ride out Tropical Cyclone Harold but COVID-19 would remain. He said people have to start realizing that breaching the directives would only make matters harder for them.

He said the directives are there to fight against the killer disease and bring life back to normalcy.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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