COVID-19: Plans to lift lockdown of broader confined area in Lautoka tomorrow

Lautoka residents returning from a funeral in Vanua Levu were stopped at the Tuvu border along the Kings Highway yesterday. Police officers did not allow the residents to return to their homes. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Plans are to lift the lockdown of the broader Lautoka confined area by 5am tomorrow, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama said the government would also announce a new confined area within Lautoka based on the movement of a man who smuggled his way into the confined area after arriving from Uruguay on March 24.

He said once inside the confined area, the man remained within a set area in Lautoka.

“Now that he’s showing symptoms, our contact tracing teams are determining how many Fijians he may have put at-risk,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We’ll learn the results of his COVID-19 test tomorrow morning.

“In the meantime, our contact tracing team has determined the area in which this gentleman stayed. So, we plan to lift the lockdown of the broader Lautoka confined area tomorrow at 0500 hours.

“But, we will also be announcing a new confined area within Lautoka based on this gentleman’s movements.  These details will be announced tomorrow.”

He thanked Lautoka residents for obeying the lockdown rules.

“Most people in the Lautoka confined area actually have been doing the right thing.

“We’re grateful to these Fijians inside and outside the checkpoints who have been riding out – what I know – has been a difficult 18 days.

“Your patience and your diligence has helped us effectively trace and isolate cases – so by staying inside and playing by the rules, you have saved lives.”

 

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