National News

COVID-19 Update:

COVID-Safe Economic Recovery

- 21 June 2020

As announced by the Hon. Prime Minister on 21 June 2020, we have now adopted “Phase 2” of Fiji’s COVID Safe Economic Recovery. The Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework outlines a three phased approach to a “COVID-Safe Economic Recovery”. It is based on the core principles of stopping importation of the virus, ensuring health system readiness, and COVID-proofing Fijian businesses and society at-large.

The goal of this Framework is to break potential chains of viral transmission before they take hold, creating a “new normal” that allows economic activity to safely resume in a manner that protects against a large-scale viral outbreak.

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COVID-19 Update:

Zero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Fiji

- 05 June 2020

Hon. Prime Minister announced zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji, and Fiji have not recorded a new case in 45 days; that is over three full incubation periods for the virus - granting Fiji a high level of confidence that the virus had been wholly eliminated within Fiji's borders. 

 

Over the next week we’re going to be reassessing some of our health protection measures. Like we’ve done from the very start, every step forward will be carefully considered, and every decision will be backed by the best available science. This measured approach is what brought us here, and it is what will bring us forward as we adjust to a new normal.

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COVID-19 Update:

Great Progress In Both Fronts - Recovery From TC Harold & COVID-19

- 24 April 2020

Hon. Prime Minister announced the full recovery of 10 of 18 patients from the virus, indicating that there are eight active cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Fiji –– meaning that, for the first time, more Fijians have recovered than are currently still living with the virus.

 

Since Monday, the 20th of April, 114 more samples were tested for COVID-19, and all have returned negative –– meaning that again, there is zero new cases to report. The health screening effort in Ba continues to progress.

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 20 April 2020

Hon. Prime Minister confirmed, that as of 20 April 2020, Fiji recorded 18 cases of COVID-19. The 18th patient is a 51 year old female of Ba, who has a travel history from USA and was tested “soft Positive”.

With her following all the requirements of self- isolation, she poses as a low risk patient. However, all three of her family members have been isolated and other casual contacts traced and entered into compulsory home quarantine.

 

The Honorable Prime Minister further confirmed that three Fijians diagnosed with the virus have made full recoveries. The other 15 patients remain in stable condition.

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Fijian Government To Cater For Cost Of Quarantine

- 20 April 2020

Fiji currently has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Government remains on the highest alert level and will advise the public as soon as possible if more cases are found.

 

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to clarify that the Fijian Government will cover the costs for those individuals who will be kept at the government designated quarantine facilities upon their arrival into the country.

Anyone coming into the country through the Nadi International Airport is taken to designated hotels for a 28 day quarantine period straight from the airport under the strict supervision of the health officials.

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 16 April 2020

TC Harold

Fiji remains in the state of natural disaster from TC Harold. Also, the Disaster Management Team continues to reach to affect areas with food, water, shelter kits, and medical supplies.

 

Plus 1 to COVID-19 Cases

After testing 25 samples, today, Fiji confirmed its 17 positive case - 21-year-old man in Vanua Levu. This gentleman is a relative and travelling companion of case nine. They travelled together from India to Singapore and on to Fiji. This individual had successfully completed his 14-day isolation, however, was tested positive at the 11th day post quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 10 April 2020

Increase in Number – Plus 1

Fiji confirms its 16th case of COVID-19 as of today. The newest patient is the 9-year-old granddaughter of the gentleman in Labasa who traveled from India.

The young girl lived in Soasoa Settlement and has been in isolation since 4 April 2020.

 

Plea to Public

The sixth confirmed case stemming from the gentleman in Labasa simply depicts how long and dangerous a chain of transmission can grow if the public health directives are blatantly ignored.

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 07 April 2020

Increase in Number – Plus 1

As of Tuesday 7 April 2020, Fiji has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The newest addition is a 33 year old gentleman, husband of an existing patient from Lautoka –– the Zumba classmate of patient number one.

All of the patients remain in stable condition. 

 

Person of Interest

The gentleman from Lautoka, considered to be “Person of Interest” has been has been cleared as his tests came back negative.

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Lautoka Lockdown Fully Lifted

All of the Lautoka confined area now has the freedom to move into and out of the area, including the Kashmir area. Consequently, this does not call for celebrations or playing loose with rules.

However, the Hon. Prime Minister called upon the people of Lautoka to continue with their act of being responsible and keep the area safe and healthy.

 

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 06 April 2020

Increase in Number – Plus 2

The Hon. Prime Minister today in his address to the Nation, reconfirmed the 12th Case (the daughter in law of the India returned gentleman of Labasa), positive of COVID-19.

Additionally, Hon. PM, also confirmed two additional positive cases for Fiji, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 14.

Two additional cases include:

  • Wife of gentleman from Labasa;

  • sister of Fiji’s very first case, the flight attendant from Lautoka and mother of COVID-positive one-year old baby.

Both cases are close contacts of previous patients, and both were already in isolation when their symptoms developed and they tested positive. So, the risk of further transmission is very low.

Lautoka Lockdown to be Lifted

Hon. Prime Minister, confirmed that after 18 days, the lockdown of broader Lautoka confined area will be lifted tomorrow at 5am. However, the Authorities will be announcing a new confined area within Lautoka based on movements of the “Person of Interest” identified.

 

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COVID-19 Update:

Increase In Number Of Cases

- 04 April 2020

Fiji as of 4 March 2020 has confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus overnight. This is our single largest jump in cases in a day. Week over week, our new case numbers have doubled. The new cases includes:

  1. The highly suspected patient, who returned from India. He likely became infected at a large religious gathering he attended while overseas in India. He was thought to be the source for Patients 6 and 7.  This patient did not declare any symptoms when returning from travel, and did not follow the directive of entering into government-mandated home quarantine –– a compulsory requirement for all those returning to the country from abroad that came into effect on the 19th of March;

  2. Gentleman from Soasoa Labasa;

  3. Navua Isolation: 11 year old daughter of the couple who tested positive for the virus in the Nabua Settlement;

  4. Lautoka confined area: the 39-year-old sister of case number five –– the woman from our first patient’s Zumba class –– developed symptoms after she was already placed in quarantine within Natabua School;

  5. A new case in Nadi which is unrelated to any of our other patients. This is a 20-year-old woman who also entered self-quarantine immediately after returning to Fiji from Auckland, New Zealand.

 

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Association of Banks in Fiji:

Exchange Control Policy Changes

- 02 April 2020

The Association of Banks in Fiji (ABIF) would like to advise members of the public that there are revised Exchange Control Policies implemented by the Reserve Bank of Fiji with immediate effect.

These changes include some facilities and applications for other facilities that require the approval of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Certain transactions will continue to be delegated to the commercial banks but at revised limits. Please refer to the following table for full details. 

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COVID-19 Update:

Confirmation of Two New Cases

- 02 April 2020

As of today the 2nd of April, Fiji confirms two new cases of COVID-19. Our sixth case is a 21-year-old woman and our seventh case is her 33-year-old husband. The Couple with their daughter have been transported securely and hygienically in an ambulance to the Navua Hospital Isolation Ward.

The symptoms of these two newest cases started with just a runny nose, therefore the public is urged to immediately dial 158, our new, 24-hour toll-free coronavirus helpline, if you have any symptoms at all.

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Industries Update:

Protocol for Nation-Wide Curfew

- 28 March 2020

The Hon. Attorney-General and Minister for Economy together with the Hon. Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development today met with industries to develop clear protocols to manage movement of staff during the nation-wide curfew period.

 

As announced by the Hon. Prime Minister, in order to minimise non-essential movement of Fijians, in Fiji’s bid to contain Coronavirus (COVID-19), there will be a nation-wide curfew in place from Monday, 30 March 2020.  This curfew will apply daily from 10pm to 5am.

 

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FNPF Uses Digital Platform for COVID-19 Relief

- 27 March 2020

Following the announcement of the Supplementary Budget for COVID-19 and in collaboration with the Government, the Fiji National Provident Fund will be working closely with Employers when it rolls out the assistance program for members through existing digital platforms. 

The Fund is taking its cue from health advisories for physical distancing during this period and will be carrying out bulk of the assistance processes digitally. The Fund is liaising with Employers to ensure members in the affected areas that have been prioritized, are assisted.

 

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2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

- 26 March 2020

Banks will provide relief of an estimated $400 million for workers and companies.

 

A 100 percent write-off will be granted for the construction of new commercial and industrial buildings, provided appropriate approvals are obtained before the end of the calendar year.

 

A 300 percent tax deduction will be afforded to employers for wages and salary paid to employees who are self-quarantined, with approval from the Ministry of Health.

 

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2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

- 26 March 2020

Government will pay 21 days COVID-19 leave for low income Fijians who have tested positive for the virus, as certified by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

 

Fijians in the informal sector who are confirmed to have contracted the virus will be paid a one-off sum of $1,000.

 

For students repaying Tertiary Education Loans, all repayments will be suspended until 31 December 2020, providing these working Fijians around $10 million dollars in immediate relief.

 

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2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

- 26 March 2020

Additional $40 million to enhance our health system's capacity to respond to this pandemic - on top of the $347.5 million dollars allocated to the health sector in this financial year.

 

$40 million top up will put more simple supplies like face masks to complex and expensive equipment like ventilators in our hospitals.

 

The $40 million top up will fund more personal protection gear for workers, and thermal scanners. It will also fund the set-up of fever clinics throughout the country to isolate at-risk patients.

 

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2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

- 26 March 2020

$50 million dollars to the FSC to fund cane delivery payments.

 

Water Authority of Fiji is suspending all disconnections until 31 December 2020.

 

Additional $20 million to the education budget to cater mainly for teacher's salaries now that the total of teachers working in the country has been consolidated.

Additional $20 million in beefing up social welfare to cater for those who already qualify for social welfare.

 

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Fiji Airways Announces Final Nadi-Narita Return Flights

- 26 March 2020

Fiji Airways will operate its final scheduled flight between Nadi-Narita tomorrow, and the return Narita-Nadi on Saturday 28th March.

 

The acceptance criteria from Nadi is that only Japanese citizens and residents will be able to board the flight. From Narita – only Fiji citizens, Fiji residents, Staff of the United Nations and European Union, Work Permit Holders, and Diplomatic Passport Holders will be able to board.

 

All guests are subject to the respective Governments’ requirements for international arrivals.

 

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Prime Minister Announcement

- 25 March 2020

 Confirmation of Fiji’s Fifth case for COVID-19; a 31-year old woman, who had worked out in close proximity with the first patient and shared a hug​.

 

Fiji confirmed our first COVID-19 case last week on the 19th of March 2020. Our first patient, along with the three others diagnosed since, are all in stable condition. All four remain safely isolated from the public.

 

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Prime Minister Announcement

- 24 March 2020

 As of today, the 24th of March, our first three confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in stable condition. All remain safely isolated from the public.
 
Early this morning, we confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in Fiji. This patient is not related to our first three cases. He is a 28-year-old Fijian man who arrived back into the country on Saturday from Australia.

 

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Eight Fever Clinics Now Open

- 23 March 2020

Eight fever clinics are now operating around the country (Sigatoka, Nasinu, Labasa, Taveuni, Savusavu,  and Nabouwalu and two in Lautoka), as part of the COVID-19 response plan. Only those who have a fever should present themselves at a fever clinic.

 

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