SUVA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Fiji will emerge stronger from tropical cyclone Yasa as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, said Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Thursday.
In his New Year's message, Bainimarama said that 2020 saw challenges, impacts of climate change and the catastrophic COVID-19 that has caused hardships for every Fijian citizen, but Fijians should find pride in how they have faced up to adversities together as communities and as a nation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is peaking abroad, and Fiji remains one of the safest places in the world, he said, adding that when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, it will mark 257 days since Fiji's last local infection of the novel coronavirus.
The prime minister added that a new year will not flip some magical switch that ends the storms of 2020 and this pandemic will rage on but the light of a new and better year is peering through the clouds as there is a vaccine.
He expressed hope that life will become more normal than it has been and is today. Meanwhile, he hoped that Fiji's economy will regain its strength and its people reclaim their prosperity.
"We will emerge stronger from tropical cyclone Yasa. And we will come out stronger from this global pandemic and resulting economic crisis, as will our businesses, our industries and our economy," he said. Enditem