Country Reopening Borders Sooner?

PM says if the nation achieves vaccination rate, it could reopen before November 1
07 Sep 2021 14:38
Country Reopening Borders Sooner?
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji’s borders might reopen earlier than November 1, 2021.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while speaking on the iTaukei Radio Programme ‘Nai Lalakai’, on Sunday.

He said he believes that Fiji has gone past its turning point in this pandemic and as the nation heads for a decisive victory with the current vaccination rate, the country could reopen earlier than scheduled.

“We are on track to prove our sceptics wrong and those who doubted our efforts. Our robust response to the pandemic continues to spread to other areas of service. Nothing can and will deter our will to improve the well-being of Fijians,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Stand firm. Stand with us. Stand on the winning side. You will be rewarded. But most importantly, our country will be rewarded.

“As we draw close to the end of this battle against COVID-19, I want to reassure you all that Government is in firm control of this situation.

“In no time we will reach 80 per cent. The higher the vaccination rate, the lower the risk of transmission. We are seeing it, right before our very eyes.

“This is good news for all Fijians and our friends abroad who love to travel to Fiji.”

September, October important for vaccination plans: Waqainabete 

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete supported the Prime Minister’s sentiments yesterday saying September and October are very important months in Fiji’s vaccination plans moving forward and as we reopen our borders.

Meanwhile, as the country prepares to reopen its borders, Mr Bainimarama urged Fijians to be mindful of the Vula ivavakada, where the sprouting yam tendrils are staked on reed platforms to enhance growth for maturity of the yams that is then offered as isevu for reconciliation in anticipation of the New Year.

“The month symbolises hand-holding and tender nurturing of new growth and new hopes as we move to a new horizon with renewal in our hopes, dreams and aspirations as a unit, a family, a clan, a community, a vanua and a nation,” he said.

“It will prepare us well for the new normal when we open our borders.”

With the vaccination rate surpassing 50 per cent over the weekend, the curfew hours have been moved back by an hour to start at 8pm and funeral attendance is now set at 20 persons.

“We are rewarding you for your support to return our country to normalcy.

“Do not forget the reward I had announced last week – $8000 on September 8 and $51,000 on October 10. Enter the lottery now.

“Again, if your village has been fully vaccinated, especially for those in the maritime areas, get in touch with your Roko Tui.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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