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COVID-19: Borders Lift, 2 New COVID-19 Cases In Nadi And Fijians To Resume Many Normal Activities

After having no cases in the Nadi area for 17 days and 20 days in Lautoka, two new cases were recorded in Nadi.
30 May 2021 09:58
COVID-19: Borders Lift, 2 New COVID-19 Cases In Nadi And Fijians To Resume Many Normal Activities
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: Parliament News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama overnight addressed the nation. He told of Government’s plans to boost economic activity and allow Fijians to resume many normal activities.

While announcing big plans for the Greater Suva Area, Lautoka and other parts of Viti Levu including travel from Vanua Levu, Mr Bainimarama said: “These are our first steps toward reopening the economy and resuming normal life.

“If everyone strictly does their part to prevent the spread by observing these restrictions, we will be able continue to relax the restrictions as our cases diminish. So that is what I am asking of all of you. Be responsible. Take this very seriously. Follow the COVID-safe guidelines that will keep you and your neighbours safe.

“Most importantly, we are accelerating our vaccination effort as much as we can.”

CONTAINMENT ZONES 

Plans for Greater Suva Area: 

  • Travel will also be allowed from Viti Levu and containment zones to outside Viti Levu or non-containment zones but subject to various protocols being met.

“Ministry of Health and Medical Services is currently working on these protocols and will announce the details within the next four days.

“The Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone presents a different situation, but there are still many things we can do to ease the daily burden on the residents of that area.”

First, beginning today at 4am the borders between Suva, Nausori and Lami will be eliminated.

This means that the containment zone will now be bordered at Wainandoi at one end and Logani at the other, while all other perimeters will remain the same.

In the Lami-Nausori zone high-risk businesses will remain closed.

The new Lami-Nausori containment zone will remain under a 6pm until 4am curfew.

“So we will now have one big Lami-Nausori containment zone. Within this zone we will still however maintain the existing locked down areas-areas where we know there are known infections. This large containment zone will allow people to go to work and open up businesses but subject to the strict guidelines established by MHMS and MCTTT.

“We know that the Lami-Nausori corridor has the highest number of active cases and we have seen that due to the neglect of COVID safe measures there has been an exponential rise in cases.”

  • Movement in this zone must be for specific purposes. Only essential businesses and businesses that meet MCTTT guidelines will be allowed to open, and business owners and managers will be accountable for ensuring that employees, customers and visitors follow COVID-safe practices.
  • MCTTT will announce a list of businesses that can resume work, including businesses that employ large numbers of people, businesses with strict overseas orders that must be filled, businesses that support socio-economic development and some small businesses that support the most disadvantaged people in the country.

“We have cut through the bureaucracy of securing approvals and get businesses that can operate within the ambit of our health restrictions open as soon and safely as possible.”

Plans for the West:

Addressing Fijians in the Western Division, Mr Bainimarama thanked them for adhering to various restrictions.

“I firstly wish to thank all those who live in the Nadi-Lautoka zone and those who live outside this zone but have been impacted by the containment for their perseverance and patience. I know it has not been easy. I also know that many of you understand the necessity of what needed to be done.”

What next for the West:

After having no cases in the Nadi area for 17 days and 20 days in Lautoka, two new cases were recorded in Nadi.

The good news is that Government has “excellent knowledge of the movements of these 2 persons and we will be able to establish a small locked down area Koroviri Settlement near Nawaka Village, where these cases are residents, and stop the virus there.”

  • From this morning at 4am, the Lomolomo border separating Nadi and Lauotoka will be removed.
  • This will create one large Nadi-Lautoka containment zone in which people will be able to travel freely to go to work or resume business.
  • Businesses will be able to open as long as they adopt the MCTTT guidelines. High-risk businesses such as gyms, bars and grog shops will remain closed until further notice.

And then next Saturday the borders at the Momi junction on the Sigatoka end of Nadi and at Nacilau, on the Ba end of Lautoka will also be removed.

  • The curfew hours for the Nadi-Lautoka containment zone and Viti Levu apart from Lami-Suva-Nausori will be from 8pm to 4am beginning today.
  • In the next 7 days the Ministry of Heath will carry out large screening and swabbing exercises within the one Nadi-Lautoka containment zone.
  • Furthermore, from Monday, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will roll out a large vaccination roll out in the Nadi-Lautoka zone.

Vanua Levu and Maritime Areas:

Beginning today restrictions will also ease in the northern division and maritime areas, where we have no recorded cases of the virus.

  • All businesses including what is deemed to be high risk businesses such as hair dressing salons, gyms and billiard rooms will also be allowed to operate.
  • Fijians who wish to travel from Vanua Levu and the maritime areas can now return to Viti Levu by sea or air. If you wish to do so please call 163 to register with the MCTTT.

Mr Bainimarama said: “I appeal also to all Fijians in Vanua Levu and the maritime areas. Please value your COVID free status. Please also adhere to the Covid safe measures.

“Don’t take your status for granted. All those in the high risk businesses, you will be given specific guidelines through the MCTTT as to how you should operate.

“If you don’t adhere to them you will not be allowed to operate.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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