PM warns of 24-hour curfew

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) delivers his statement on the latest confirmed case of Covid 19 in the country during a press conference in Suva on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Picture: ATU RASEA

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned of a 24-hour countrywide curfew as he condemned the level of lawlessness refl ected in the spike in the number of people arrested for breaches on Friday.

On Friday police arrested another 123 people for violating curfew.

The PM said police were investigating a report of a mother who took her family on a fibreglass boat to Wakaya Island on Friday night, in breach of curfew and the inter-island travel ban.

“This level of lawlessness is irresponsible, un-Fijian and just plain stupid.

“We are at war with the most devastating global pandemic in 100 years and any disobedience in our ranks will cost us lives.
“We don’t care who you are, rules are rules.

“Break them and you will be found and punished. It doesn’t matter how famous you are, it doesn’t matter how rich you are, it doesn’t even matter how religious you feel you are, no one has the magic cure to coronavirus, and no one is immune to our laws.

“But, come next week, if we don’t see our fever testing numbers go dramatically up, and we don’t see the numbers of our curfew and quarantine violations go dramatically down, we will initiate a nationwide 24-hour curfew.

“If you’re not going to work, buying food, getting money or accessing an essential service, stay at home.

“Otherwise, we will bring in the military and police to lock down all of Fiji –– it’s that simple.”

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