From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your May 5 briefing

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Again tonight, the big stories on Page 1 are linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some stories that made headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, May 5.

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Baby survives on boiled cassava

Things are so bad for Krishnil Kumar’s family that his 10-month-old baby survives on boiled cassava and uses old clothing as diapers.

$6m to assist families

Government plans to spend up to $6million to assist thousands of households in the country’s six containment areas.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary, Dr. James Fong speaks to the media on the latest cases of COVID-19 during a press conference at the Ministry of Health headquarters conference room at Dinem House in Toorak, Suva on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

No new cases

Tonight, let’s consider a few things.
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced there were no new cases of COVID-19 to report.
That, understandably, would have inched out sighs of relief around the country.
Lest we forget though, the fight isn’t over.
The virus isn’t to be taken lightly at all.
On the international front, CNN yesterday reported that India had surpassed 20 million COVID-19 cases earlier in the day as a second wave of infections continues to paralyse the country.
Multiple states in India are expected to go into complete lockdown in the coming days and countries in South Asia are now taking precautions as cases rise around the region.
The variant we have now is not something we want to be playing around with.
Dr Fong has been urging us, in fact he has pleaded with us to stay home.
That’s the best action to take. It’s a sure way to nullify the virus.
So let’s adhere to social distancing rules, and stay home!

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PM complex to go ahead

Government is going ahead with the building of a new office complex for the Prime Minister in Selbourne Street, Suva.

Where is the Prime Minister and his Cabinet ministers?

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A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a member of the public at the Vodafone Arena in Suva today – Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

COVID-19 jab

Lockdown will become unnecessary if all Fijians get the COVID-19 jab.

A view of the Lautoka Hospital. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FT FILE

Ministry considers closing hospital 

The Health Ministry would consider closing down Lautoka Hospital for quarantine if the COVID-19 containment efforts surrounding the two doctors who recently tested positive warranted it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Check out the letters on Pages 8 and 9.

PEOPLE

 

This popular section continues to provide readers with interesting features that they can relate to.
Fazil Imraz’s story is one of struggle, strife and strength — all rolled into one. He said things took a downward turn after he lost his father in 1983. Mr Imraz said things were so bad that he found himself on the streets of Suva and Lautoka cities, a place he called home for more than 20 years.

KAILA!

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This liftout is a special section for the young at heart. It’s bright and colourful, with heaps of activities for the young, and stuff to read. Check out the lyrics and pictures inside.

SPORTS

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The big one on the back page is about a young woman preparing for the biggest event in women’s rugby union. Check it out.

SUPERMARKET SPECIALS

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You know you can also check out supermarket specials inside. There’s something to suit your budget.

GET A COPY

There’s a lot to read inside. You’ll have to get a copy though to know what we are talking about. Happy reading!

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