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Be Prepared For All Types Of Course Of Actions, Dr Fong

“I cannot, given the way the cases are coming up, I cannot take away the possibility that we may have to continue this operation for a very long time.
11 May 2021 13:51
Be Prepared For All Types Of Course Of Actions, Dr Fong
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong is encouraging people to be prepared for all types of cause of action that government might take.

While speaking at last night’s press conference he said, “one of the things that we need to do is to prepare Fiji for the long haul.”

“I cannot, given the way the cases are coming up, I cannot take away the possibility that we may have to continue this operation for a very long time.

“I cannot take away the possibility that we may have to enforce another 24 hour curfew type of lockdown.”

He pleaded with people to start stocking up on non-perishable food items and goods that in case there is a rapid lockdown.

“We need to be prepared for these eventualities so this is the reason I talk the way I talk. I don’t want to be committed to one direction but I want you to be open in your preparation for all types of cause of action.”

In his speech he said a more sustained lockdown will require a more strategic approach and after a year’s experience, there is a much greater understanding of the virus and a range of tools available to fight it including stronger testing capacity and the careFIJI app.

“Future lockdowns, should they be needed, will be targeted and active. They will be targeted because the lockdown area will be defined as narrowly as possible. And they will be active because we will endeavour to permit the broadest range of movement and economic activity possible, in bubbles that mitigate widespread transmission of the virus.”

He said they want essential services to continue, and as many people as possible to go to work and open their businesses.

Whatever step government takes whether it is to legally mandate mask-wearing or the use of the careFIJI app, or even re-introducing a 24-hour curfew, Dr Fong said Fiji’s success will ultimately come down to the diligence and the vigilance of the public.

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