COVID-19 Borders Across Viti Levu Maintained

Unknown origin of the cases indicated the virus could still be present in all six containment areas, Dr Fong says.
11 May 2021 10:00
COVID-19 Borders Across Viti Levu Maintained
Police officers monitor check-points of entry at Momi Junction in Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The Ministry of Health has advised that due to the steadily rising number of COVID cases across Viti Levu, the borders of all six containment areas; Lautoka, Nadi, Rakiraki, Lami, Suva and Nausori, were being maintained.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said confirmation of cases of unknown origin indicated the virus could still be present in all six areas.

“My teams and I sit down every day to go over how we’re managing the nation’s COVID containment strategy,” he said.

“I encourage every household and community to spend at least one day per week reviewing how your group or bubble and manage the risks of this outbreak.”

Dr Fong is calling on all Fijians to take some time, talk through the schedules and routines of the people who are within their “bubbles’’ or share their bubbles.

He has also called on parents to talk with their children about how the virus could spread.

Dr Fong highlighted that the Government had come down to the level of explaining the steps taken because they wanted Fijians to understand why they were taking these steps.

“I’m asking those who do tune in for these announcements to help spread these messages faster than the virus spreads itself,” he said.

“You do not need a medical degree to understand why it is important to wear masks or wash your hands.

“If you can turn your phone on, you can install careFIJI app and keep bluetooth turned on –– it’s very simple.”

He added that the difference between a crowded shop and the safety of one’s own home should be obvious to everyone.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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