From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your April 22 briefing


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Here’s a look at some of the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition of Thursday, April 22.

Understandably the big one is on COVID-19.


Shut down warning

Members of the Fiji Police Force at various checkpoints at the borders of Nadi and Lautoka. Picture: FIJI POLICE FORCE

IF people do not take COVID-19 seriously, we will shut down entire towns and cities. That’s the warning now dished out.

Tavakubu funeral

IF you were at the funeral in Tavakubu, Lautoka, either at the residence or at Peceliema Church, on Friday April 16 or Saturday, April 17 and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has not yet contacted you, please call 158 right now.

There’s more on PAGES 2, 3, 4, and 5.


High-risk businesses

AS of today, high-risk businesses will remain closed for the next 14 days.


PSV drivers

THE drivers of a taxi and minibuses who transported the COVID-19 positive 53-year-old maid have come forward.

Waicoka Village

A police officer patrols the entrance to Waicoka Village. Picture: RAMA

PEOPLE and vehicles have been prohibited from entering Waicoka Village, Tailevu, since Monday.

COVID-19 test results

THE first COVID-19 test results for the three people from Naicabecabe Village, Moturiki, Lomaiviti, that attended a funeral in Tavakubu, Lautoka, have returned negative.


Kia Island

KIA island came to a standstill on Monday after renowned rugby legend Waisale Serevi surprised the villagers with donations of food and rugby jerseys.

Waisale Serevi with students of Kia District School in Macuata. Picture: SUPPLIED

Crop suppliers

VEGETABLE and root crop suppliers to the Lautoka Municipal Market travelled from as far as Rakiraki yesterday and traded with buyers at the Tuvu border.

Vanua Levu businesses

POLICE will closely monitor operations at business houses in Vanua Levu to ensure COVID-19 measures are stringently observed.

Tui Macuata call

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere believes the qoliqoli should be protected. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA/FT FILE

TUI Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has urged the vanua of Caumatalevu to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions and measures announced by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this week.


Watch the kids

PARENTS and guardians need to take ownership of their children because of the dangers of COVID-19, says Divisional Police Commander West Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surend Sami.

Fiji Airports heightens safety measure

FIJI Airports has heightened its health and safety measures in addition to their Nadi International Airport travel safe protocols, says communications and public relations manager Christopher Chand.

Contact tracing

Members of the Contact tracing team in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

ROSIE Travel Group assisted the Health Ministry teams doing contact tracing in the Western Division by providing vehicles to help them conduct the critical exercise

No arrests

POLICE have not arrested anyone for breaching COVID-19 restrictions within the Nadi and Lautoka Containment Area.



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Mother’s Day competition

Remember there is a Mother’s Day competition running. You can win your mum a holiday at the Marriott Resort Fiji Momi Bay. Check inside the newspaper for details.


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