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COVID-19: Why 56-Hour Lockdown For Suva-Nausori

Dr Fong said the sudden lockdown was needed as screening of these people could determine the transmission of the Ra cases, classified as community transmission.
01 May 2021 13:46
COVID-19: Why 56-Hour Lockdown For Suva-Nausori
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The 56-hour lockdown which started at 8pm last night was put in place to stop the movement of 877 people which are being looked at as possible carriers of COVID-19’s, B1617 strain India strain.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong says these people are linked to the Mark One Apparel and Lyndhurst Garment factories at the Kalabu Tax Free Zone in Nasinu.

This contact tracing stems case number 113, the 53-year-old garment factory worker from Vunimono who was employed at Mark One, next door to Lyndhurst.

Dr Fong said the sudden lockdown was needed as screening of these people could determine the transmission of the Ra cases, classified as community transmission.

“Employees at these factories travel to and from work on the same company-provided transportation, so we are treating both of these factories as potential source points of further transmission,” Dr Fong said.

From Thursday night, the COVID-19 taskforce teams ran an exhaustive all-night contact tracing exercise of at-risk employees and of the 877 employees, 321 have been identified, screened, and swabbed. As a result, no positive cases were found as of last night.

“If you work at the Lyndhurst or the Mark One Apparel factory and my teams have not been in contact with you yet, please call 158 now to help us reach you as quickly as possible,” Dr Fong has reiterated.

He said the vast majority of these individuals reside in the Suva and Nausori areas and the Ministry cannot waste another minute locating the rest of them.

The Suva and Nausori Containment areas will be consolidated into the Suva-Nausori Lockdown Zone.

The borders of the Lockdown Zone starts at Logani Village, Sawani and Tamavua-i-wai Bridge (Delainavesi).

The checkpoint at the 8-miles bridge near Rups Big Bear will be uplifted.

Dos and Don’ts

  • No one should leave their homes.
  • For the duration of this lockdown, no businesses, including supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies are allowed to open.
  • Some essential services, like water, power, ports, and private hospitals, will be allowed to operate with authorisation granted by the Ministry who will work directly with essential service providers on those arrangements.
  • Deliveries across the lockdown zone borders will also go on hold.

Dr Fong added that Police will be enforcing movement restrictions and without Ministry approval, people can only move out from homes for medical emergencies, this exemption will include kidney dialysis patients.

Tomorrow, the Ministry will look into results of their contact tracing and testing and make a medical determination on whether the lockdown should end or be extended.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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