Nationwide curfew to remain as Fiji fights COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-07 10:25:10|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The nationwide curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (local time) will remain effective in Fiji as the island country continues to fight COVID-19, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Monday.

Speaking in parliament, Bainimarama said that the curfew will remain for the foreseeable future as the fight against COVID-19 is not over.

He warned Fijians not to downplay the virus and detract from reality, saying that when it comes to keeping the island nation COVID-19 contained every Fijian has a role to play.

The prime minister stressed that the capacity restrictions on sporting events and large public gatherings will also remain for the foreseeable future.

Those nightclubs which have been granted approval to operate as venues where people can eat and share drinks with friends must play by the rules, he said, adding that there should be no dancing and no loud music at these venues and if the rules are broken, they will be shut down.

Fiji, which now has 46 COVID-19 cases overall, reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 19 this year, and two COVID-19 patients have died.

Fiji has since early this year closed its borders for foreigners and allowed strictly controlled repatriation flights in recent months. Enditem