28 days of 24 hour curfew for all Viti Levu would put us all in the face of economic disaster and miserable isolation
28 days of 24 hour curfew for all Viti Levu would put us all in the face of economic disaster and miserable isolation – PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. [Image: Fijian Government]
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that at this point it should be clear that we are not going through this pandemic by shutting down all Fijians in their homes and closing the windows of all businesses across the country.
In a national address last night, Bainimarama said that a 28-day 24-hour curfew for the whole of Viti Levu would put us all in the face of economic disaster and miserable isolation.
He says if they took this route, after spending almost 700 hours locked up in their homes, Fiji would look very and sorely different when we all reappear.
Bainimarama adds that people’s jobs may never return and Fiji will suffer from structural unemployment due to the permanent loss of industries and he cannot allow that to happen.
He says our current outbreak is localized, it’s not all over Fiji, it’s on Viti Levu and centered in the central division.
Bainimarama says cases are also occurring mostly in known clusters, most of which are in lockdown areas, adding that they have been successful in keeping cases at levels well below what they could have been, and we certainly haven’t had the kind of creeping spread that many countries experienced a year or more ago.
He also says that the growing number of cases is by no means good news, but when we look at these numbers, we can understand that as long as we can find and contain the new cases, we can contain or slow the spread by putting in quarantine people we suspect can be positive and isolate those who have already tested positive.
Prime Minister says it’s easy to call for drastic measures like 28 consecutive days of lockdowns for all of Viti Levu if you’re still in a high-paying job or have a healthy savings account, it’s easy to ‘call for a lockdown if you don’t depend on daily wages or struggle to pay the bills of a closed business, it’s easy to ask for a lockdown if you don’t work at a factory that could leave Fiji for good if it does. must close completely for 28 days; garment factories and call centers, which cannot serve overseas customers, will lose those contracts – and the jobs they support – forever.
Bainimarama says that because of the vaccines and because they now know more about COVID, the global fight against this virus has changed, as has their strategy.
He adds that we will get through this current ordeal with a smart and targeted application of measures to contain the spread until we are sufficiently vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
The Prime Minister says they are looking at the long term situation and looking at the experience of other countries, and they think that if we follow sensible guidelines designed to prevent us from indiscriminately coming together in large groups, we can handle this. virus while protecting our health, protecting Fijian jobs and businesses, and preserving the long-term prospects of our young nation.