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COVID-19: 9 New Cases, Lockdown For Suva Nausori From Friday 11pm to Tuesday 4am

The lockdown of Suva and Nausori comes into effect from: Friday, 14 May 2021 at 11pm until Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 4am.
12 May 2021 22:54
COVID-19: 9 New Cases, Lockdown For Suva Nausori From Friday 11pm to Tuesday 4am
A tired-looking Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong on day 27 of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Leon Lord.

The announcement of 9 new cases of COVID-19, of which two are from unknown origin is a worrying trend.

The two cases presented at the Nausori Health Centre with COVID-19 symptoms.

This brings to six the total number of cases from Nausori.  None of the six are currently linked to other existing cases.

“While we are still early into our investigation, we will be treating these cases as instances of community transmission until they are proven to be otherwise,” Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said during a 9.30pm scheduled press conference.

Because of the series of new clusters, large scale contact tracing to the magnitude of several hundred primary and secondary contacts is required.

“At the moment, we believe the vast majority of these remaining contacts are located in Suva and Nausori. So that is where a targeted lockdown will come into effect starting from this weekend,” Dr Fong said.

As a result the following measures will be put into place:

  • Full Lockdown of Suva and Nausori

Friday, 14 May 2021 at 11pm until Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 4am.

As is now standard practice, the Suva and Nausori containment areas will merge into one, single lockdown zone.

“With everyone safely at home, my teams will use that time to trace, identify, and test as many contacts as possible. If our investigations reveal large numbers of contacts in other areas, such as Lami, the lockdown order will extend to those areas.”

Members of the public have at least 48 hours to stock-up.

  • For the rest of Viti Levu:

From Saturday 15 May 2021, the curfew hours for all of Viti Levu will expand from 6pm until 4am every day.

  • Outside of Viti Levu:     

The curfew hours will remain from 11pm until 4am.

This means that if the lockdown of Suva and Nausori expires on schedule, the curfew hours from 6pm until 4 am will apply in these areas as well.



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