After a positive covid inspection, there is a lockdown around Nadi.

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The Fijian government has declared a state of emergency in the west of the main island Viti Levu after a woman tested positive for Covid-19.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the woman formerly employed in a frontier quarantine centre but has now returned to public spaces.

According to Fiji Village, the 53-year-old lives in Nadi and has visited Nadi and Lautoka. Both members of her household have also been quarantined, and the findings of their Covid-19 examinations are awaited.

Following the test results, there will be a lockdown of the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Region, which was implemented early this morning, to help in rapid touch tracking and minimise the risk of further transmission.

According to the Fiji authorities, the affected areas extend from Momi Junction and the Mulomulo Post towards Sigatoka, to Nacilau, Vakabuli, and the Waiwai crossing bearing towards Ba.

Path, air, and sea passenger traffic out of this region has been suspended.

Fijians living in the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Area will be able to get into the area for the next 24 hours. Those that are able to pass, however, must go straight home and will not be permitted to leave the lockout field.

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According to the announcement, the Fiji Police Force will impose a 24-hour curfew in the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Region.

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

“Later today, the government will reveal when essential businesses, including banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other essential service providers, may resume operation with strict physical distancing enforced. For now, all schools and businesses will be closed,” the statement said.

Schools, offices, companies, and inter-island shipping services can remain open for the remainder of Fiji. The ministry, on the other hand, advises citizens to discourage unnecessary travel and big meetings. Curfew hours will remain from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. outside of the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Areas.

The ministry is also reactivating fever clinics in the Greater Nadi and Lautoka Area to hold people with fevers away from needy people visiting Health Centres and into independent, reserved spaces specifically built to easily recognise potential Covid-19 incidents.

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“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,” the statement said.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is more equipped than we have ever been to contain the spread of the virus together. We have seen the proven impact that health restrictions have had on cutting chains of transmission. By relying on these measures and adhering to the advice from relevant authorities, we can save lives and keep Fiji safe.”

Meanwhile, this morning, an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Fiji was rerouted back to Auckland.

The NZ952 flight was about an hour out of Nadi Airport when it turned around, according to FlightRadar24.

The airline and Fiji Airports Limited have yet to respond to a request for comment on why the plane was diverted.

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According to the Fijian Health Ministry, two confirmed cases of Covid-19, which were reported earlier this month in Fiji, travelled from Auckland to Nadi on April 8th.

Fiji now has 72 Coronavirus cases, with five active, 65 recovered, and two deaths confirmed.

 

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