Wale warns government about future repatriation plans

He says the growing number of confirmed cases of the delta variant strand, which has a higher transmission rate, will have serious consequences if it enters the country.

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Matthew Wale is warning the government not to downplay the recent mutation of the corona virus into the delta variant because it is planning repatriation flights for standard citizens abroad.

In a detailed statement released recently, Mr Wale also said: ‘It is truly unfortunate that some of our students in Fiji are now infected with the virus and with its devastating effects there their families must be concerned. These are really hard and my heart goes out to the families affected. “

Mr Wale, however, goes on to say that “the recent mutation of the corona virus into the delta variant, now in Fiji, only means that the government needs to step up our Covid-19 preparedness plans to prevent entry.”

He said recent statistics abroad clearly show that the pandemic has gone from bad to worse in most countries, adding that Fiji, unfortunately, is now one of those countries.

He says the growing number of confirmed cases of the delta variant strand, which has a higher transmission rate, will have serious consequences if it enters the country.

“The sudden increase in the number of infections and deaths is now straining Fiji’s health system and resources.

“The situation in Fiji and PNG must therefore be a serious reminder that the fight against Covid 19 is far from over – it is now upon us,” said the opposition leader.

He further added that “This requires that our national efforts to prevent entry be brought to the highest standards, which may require strict vaccination requirements and containment protocols for anyone coming from Fiji or anyone else. red zone with this shutter. Given our current situation, the safety of our people must now be at the forefront of any decision-making by the government ”.

“I therefore urge the government to make every effort to inform our students and overseas citizens that it is in everyone’s interest that Solomon Islands remain free from Covid-19, and any action that may Undermining this zero tolerance attitude should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

“I also encourage our students and citizens abroad who wish to return home to prioritize the importance of protecting our people by doing their part by adhering to the best medical advice on the importance of getting vaccinated,” said the Hon. Wale.

The Leader of the Opposition also pointed out that the increased risk now caused by the delta variant gives more credence to my earlier call for the government to be proactive in its vaccination program.

“There is no better defensive mechanism than to vaccinate the majority of our people,” said the Hon. Wale added.

Source: Opposition press

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