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Ministry Clarifies Serevi Family Border Travel

The 7s legend had also confirmed that they were not the only ones in the flight as rumours had claimed it to be.
15 May 2021 11:00
Ministry Clarifies Serevi Family Border Travel
The Serevi family with Fiji Airways cabin crew on their flight back to the United States of America on May 11, 2021.

A picture of 7s legend Waisele Serevi and his family on a flight en route to the United States of America from Nadi drew a lot of attention on social media this week.

While many questioned earlier announcements that Fiji’s borders were closed for passengers repatriation in and out of the country, Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong has clarified on the work carried out by the ministry on outbound flights.

Dr Fong said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services had worked on a process that would allow people to be transferred in a safe and controlled manner.

“It was a freight flight. We have been working on a process to let people fly out in a controlled manner and that is something that we will continue to do,” he said.

“Trying to plan a way forward has been difficult too with the virus interfering with our work in this regard.”

Dr Fong said allowing people who needed to leave Fiji to travel would lessen the pressure on efforts to contain the virus. The airline had also clarified that there were a few other passengers on the flight that had left Fiji.

Speaking from the USA yesterday, Mr Serevi said their COVID-19 test result had returned negative, and they were given the clearance to fly out on Tuesday night.

“The clearance came from the permanent secretary, our COVID-19 test returned negative, and we were able to fly back,” he said.

“Although we’re blessed to be back in Seattle last Tuesday, we’re thinking and praying for my families and friends back home in these challenging times.”

The 7s legend had also confirmed that they were not the only ones in the flight as rumours had claimed it to be.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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