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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama: Behave Or Lockdown Will Not Be Lifted

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a statement last night said: “If not, the lockdown can –– and will –– easily be extended.”
15 Apr 2020 11:45
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama: Behave Or Lockdown Will Not Be Lifted
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

The Suva lockdown will only be lifted on Friday if Government is satisfied that enough Fijians have been screened by the mobile teams and at fever our clinics.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a statement last night said: “If not, the lockdown can –– and will –– easily be extended.”

It did not help that six individuals in Nabua broke compulsory quarantine over the weekend.

Fortunately, all of them were tracked down and each will be held accountable for their irresponsibility, Mr Bainimarama said.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is targeting to screen over 100,000 people in the greater Suva area.

Over the Easter weekend, no new cases were reported.

9 samples were tested last Friday night, Saturday night – another 10, Sunday – another 21, and last night another six.

“All have come back negative, making four straight days of zero new cases.

“Of our 649 tests to date, our total confirmed cases continue to stand 16, and all of these patients in stable condition. However, none have yet been cleared of the virus.”

He emphasised that the current virus response is heavily targeted at three areas at high-risk of local transmission:

  • the Nabua Settlement in Suva,
  • the Soasoa settlement in the North,
  • Fijians under supervised quarantine in Nadi after returning from overseas.

“In total, 252 Fijians who returned home from overseas are in government-funded facilities for 14 days of supervised quarantine. They are being closely monitored for flu-like symptoms and tested if necessary. Any Fijian who returns home goes straight to one of these facilities, no exceptions.”

Mr Bainimarama also expressed his disappointment to find that a civil servant was arrested this past weekend for a curfew violation.

With coronavirus in our midst, Government also had to deal with the devastation left behind by TC Harold leaving hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed.

Mr Bainimarama assured relief is on its way.

“Relief assistance is making its way to badly-hit regions, including by boat to Vatulele, Beqa, Yanuca, Kadavu and Southern Lau. Our disaster relief officials have been fever-screened prior to deployment to outer islands. Most roads are open. Water supply has almost entirely resumed. Electricity will steadily come back online throughout the week.

“Our evacuation centres –– which have been hygienically maintained –– remain open to Fijians who need them. These families will continue to be fed and looked after until the weather dries up and it is safe to return to their communities.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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