Australia provides COVID-19 assistance

The Australian government has contributed close to $FJD18 million towards the fight against COVID-19.

In a press statement, Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feaks commended the work of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in their COVID-19 response.

“I’ve been deeply impressed with the efforts made by the Fijian Government to reduce the spread of the virus in Fiji. Australia continues to work closely with the Fijian Government to support their efforts to respond to the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19
pandemic,” Commissioner Feakes said.

The Australian government has committed $FJD15.4m to boost Fiji’s COVID-19 response efforts while $FJD1.5m was provided to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and
$FJD 299,000 to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to assist in their response to COVID-19.

Also other assistance includes personal protection equipment such as gowns,surgical masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and other medical supplies for health workers at the frontlines of COVID-19.

Feakes says the assistance signifies the importance of the Vuvale-Partnership during this pandemic.

“We recognise Australia remains a transit hub for Fiji to the world, and we will continue to facilitate the transfer of essential goods and services, including medical supplies andequipment.

“Under new visa measures announced by the Australian Government, Pacific workers who are in Australia under the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme whosevisas are due to expire will be able to remain in Australia for up to 12 months.”Feakes said.

Commissioner Feakes ensured that the Australian government is cooperating with employers to support the workers during this crisis, particularly those who are currently unable to return home.

Fiji’s number of COVID-19 cases still stands at 16.

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