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Labasa Family Happy To Return Home

Mr Chand and his family arrived via boat at Nabouwalu Jetty on August 14 and are now in quarantine at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa.
23 Aug 2021 16:24
Labasa Family Happy To Return Home
From left: Mother Swastika Chand, daughter Altika Chand, youngest son Ansh Chand, eldest son Arnav Chand, and Father Alvin Chand at the Friendly North Inn hotel in Labasa on August 22, 2021.

The joy and realisation of returning home is a comforting and life rejuvenating experience.

These were the words shared by Alvin Chand, who was stuck for four months with his family in Nadi due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Mr Chand and his family arrived via boat at Nabouwalu Jetty on August 14 and are now in quarantine at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa.

He said his wife and three children travelled with him to Viti Levu on April 17 to attend his graduation in Suva after which they travelled to Nadi the following day to attend a work meeting.

He said the plan was to spend an enjoyable vacation before returning home, but their plans were shattered when the second wave of the virus hit on April 20.

“The main goal during the containment period in Nadi was to get vaccinated, which we did and then applied for a travel pass back home,” he said.

“We were swabbed and the results returned negative after which we were issued our travell pass by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) to travel on our personal expenses,” he stated.

The repatriation was family-based and not the Government batch repatriation trips.

Mr Chand said the constant waiting and remaining indoors lifestyle in Nadi had a mental toll on their family as they were not used to this at home.

The 32-year-old said they were fortunate to return home during a time when majority of VVanua Levu residents were still stuck in Viti Levu.

“We had four months of sleepless nights in Viti Levu as my work was affected and had to financially support my family during this period,” he said.

Mr Chand mentioned that he had loans to pay off and needed to return to Labasa to start working again as the pandemic had financially strained him out.

He said t they had been swabbed twice on the first and fourth day of quarantine and all the results had returned negative.

“We will have another swab test on Thursday and if the results are still negative then we would be cleared to return home before Sunday,” he added.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu 

Feedback: sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj



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