Lockdown to assist contact tracing and reduce further transmission: Government

Fijian Government says the lockdown in the greater Nadi and Lautoka area and 24-hour curfew effective from 4 am today is “to aid rapid contact tracing and reduce the likelihood of further transmission” after one of the first-generation contacts of Fiji’s 73rd case, not only tested positive for coronavirus but had also “entered public spaces.”

The lockdown and new curfew order cover the area spanning from Momi junction and Mulomulo post bearing towards Sigatoka to Nacilau, Vakabuli and the Waiwai crossing bearing towards Ba.

 “She resides in Nadi, with a travel history in Nadi and Lautoka.  All members of her household have already been entered into quarantine. We are awaiting the results of their COVID-19 tests,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.

“Passenger travel out of this area has been halted by road, air, and sea. Passenger travel into the area will be permitted over the next 24 hours for Fijians who reside within the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Area.

“However, those allowed to enter the area must head straight home and will not be allowed to come out of the lockdown area.”

Everyone living within the lockdown zone have been ordered to stay home.

“Public gatherings should not happen. No services should run except for essential medical services.

“Later today, an announcement will cover when essential businesses, including banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other essential service providers, may safely resume operation with strict physical distancing enforced. For now, all schools and businesses will be closed.”

For the rest of Fiji, schools, workplaces, businesses and inter-island shipping services may remain open.

“However, we encourage people to avoid non-essential travel and large gatherings. Outside of the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Area, curfew hours will remain from 11pm to 4am.”

Fijian authorities will also be reactivating fever clinics within the greater Nadi and Lautoka area.

 “It is vital that all Fijians adhere to the practices of good handwashing, strict physical distancing, where possible, and mask-wearing in public spaces. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and report your symptoms to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.”

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