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Repatriated Student Happy To Be Home After Five Months

Mr Chand, who was staying at a relative’s place in Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia, said he counted himself lucky because he avoided contracting the virus after a COVID-19 case was identified in the area.
04 Oct 2021 10:23
Repatriated Student Happy To Be Home After Five Months
Shamal Chand.

A repatriate graduate student, stuck in Koronivia, Nausori, for the past five months due to the COVID-19 restrictions and travel lockdowns, finally returned to his home town in Labasa last Thursday.

Shamal Chand, who is currently observing his 14 day quarantine period at an approved location in Labasa Town, said the joy of returning to familiar surroundings was inexpressible.

Mr Chand, graduated with a Trade Diploma in Agriculture from the Fiji National University’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January this year and was doing his internship when the second wave of the pandemic struck Fiji.

He returned via personal repatriation on the Northern Air chartered flight along with other repatriates.

“To be honest, my parents are happier than me because they kept on praying for my safe return to Labasa and even during my stay in Viti Levu,” he said.

Mr Chand, who was staying at a relative’s place in Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia, said he counted himself lucky because he avoided contracting the virus after a COVID-19 case was identified in the area.

His mother, Riteshma Wati, said her son’s arrival was as joyful as winning a lottery.

Ms Wati said she regularly prayed for her son’s health and well-being while he was in Viti Levu as the virus spread like wildfire with increased number of death.

“Every day brought a new challenge for our family as the constant waiting and news on new COVID-19 cases kept me worried,” she reiterated.

Ms Wati mentioned that she was now eagerly awaiting her son’s clearance from quarantine and return home in Savsavtaga, Waiqele Labasa.

Mr Chand completed his fourth day of quarantine yesterday and had also two swab tests, which returned negative.

“I would like to thank my relatives and friends for guiding me and supporting me while living in a fearful and COVID-19 prone environment,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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