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COVID-19: Stay Home, Save Lives: Fong

While the curfew hours remain the same, the Fiji Police Force will be restricting movement from 7pm tonight until 4am Monday morning to screen and contain people.
24 Apr 2021 09:18
COVID-19: Stay Home, Save Lives: Fong
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr Jame Fong duirng the press conference on April 23, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Stay home, Save lives was the message stressed by the Permanent Secretary for Health yesterday while announcing restricted movement across Viti Levu from 7pm tonight.

“As we head into the weekend, we’ll be limiting movement as much as possible,” Dr James Fong said.

“We know Saturday is a big market day. Everyone who goes to the market must wear a mask, and we are working with municipal councils to manage markets as safely as possible.”

Those who need food, money, or medicine, can shop for it at supermarkets, open-air markets, banks, and pharmacies.

Apart from that people are advised to stay at home.

While the curfew hours remain the same, the Fiji Police Force will be restricting movement from 7pm tonight until 4am Monday morning to screen and contain people.

“Please spend this time at home. Pray at home. Eat at home. Fast at home. Celebrate with household members within your home this weekend,” he said.

“If there is any message I’m asking Fijians to help me share through the weekend, it is that: Stay home, save lives.”

No lockdown warning if need be

He said non-compliance of protocols or an increase in COVID-19 cases will result in the recommendation of a complete lockdown for the Suva-Nausori-Lami corridor.

“If lockdown has to happen, it will be done without warning. To avoid total lock-down, people have been urged to follow social distancing, wear masks and not to engage in unnecessary travel,” he said.

“If we all follow the rules, that won’t need to happen. Do not treat this virus lightly –– Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands often, and think very carefully about leaving your home, or else we’ll all be home all the time.”

Dr Fong said the virus will only spread if COVID-positive people move around.

“If they stay still, the virus stays still. If they move, the virus will move with them and spread to others. That is why we should stay within our homes and only interact with the members of your households.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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